Friday, June 17, 2011

Kiss for my bride to be! Frank Lampard and Christine Bleakley head home as she gives us a peek of her engagement ring

By Jessica Satherley and Liz Thomas

Checking in: Frank and Christine shared a passionate kiss while checking in for their Virgin Atlantic flight

It was no doubt the happiest holiday of Christine Bleakley’s life, but after getting engaged to Frank Lampard in Los Angeles, the couple were on their way back home last night.

The cute pair looked more in love than ever as they held hands and kissed in front of the Virgin Atlantic check-in stand at LAX.

And the ITV presenter gave us a sneak peek of her engagement ring, thought to have cost in the region of £120,000.

Despite hiding the diamond inside her hand, the sparkling band was on clear display as the 32-year-old gripped her grey Chanel handbag.

Lampard and his fiancée looked perfectly paired in blue denim jeans and cotton T-shirts, with the Chelsea footballer in pink and Miss Bleakley in white.

Neither of them could stop smiling as they waited for their first-class flight back to London Heathrow.

Previously Miss Bleakley had told photographers that she wasn’t wearing her ring because it needed to be resized.

But yesterday she was keen to slip in on her wedding finger and looked ecstatic to be showing it off.

They will be able to share the romantic proposal story to their friends and family this weekend back in the UK.

Frank apparently spent three months secretly planning his proposal, which cost as much as £150,000.

Nice tan! Christine was sporting a healthy glow after a two week holiday in Las Vegas and Los Angeles

His and hers! Newly-engaged couple Frank Lampard and Christine Bleakley wore matching T-shirts and jeans at LAX, as he wore pink and she wore white

They flew to America on a trip thought to have cost £30,000, which saw them visit Las Vegas and Los Angeles, while he’s said to have spent around £120,000 on the engagement ring.

But the Daybreak presenter insisted that the England midfielder’s proposal was ‘not very fancy’.

The 32-year-old footballer got down on one knee after a romantic beach side lunch in LA, which led Bleakley, also 32, to cry for ten minutes.

Can't stop kissing! Christine planted a big kiss on Frank as they waited for their luggage to be checked in

Cute couple: When they weren't kissing the pair hugged each other in the airport

The couple had been on a two week break, first staying at the Wynn Encore five star luxury resort in Nevada for almost a week, which costs £400 a night, and boasts its own golf course, private cabanas, four pools and a spa.

They then travelled to California and it is understood they stayed at the £350-a-night SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills.

After becoming Lampard’s fiancée, Bleakley called her ITV colleagues Adrian Chiles and Kate Garraway and said: ‘I was beyond shocked. And it wasn’t very glamorous, it wasn’t very fancy – I know some people might expect that.

Can't stop smiling: The happy couple were giggling all the way to the airport in LA

Hand in hand: Frank held onto his new fiancée's hand protectively as they walked through the airport

‘It was very personal, very private actually, and we were just having a gorgeous lunch by the beach and he simply popped the question, it was completely out of the blue.’

She added: ‘Half-way through the lovey-dovey bit, I realised what he was about to do so I started to cry for about ten minutes and then he pulled the ring out and said ‘Will you marry me?’ and that was it.’

They have not yet set a date for the wedding, but it will be in Northern Ireland, where her family is from.

Extravagant proposal: Frank is said to have spent around £120,000 on the ring and £30,000 on their American holiday

The big day: They have not yet set a date for the wedding, but it will be in Northern Ireland, where her family is from


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