A BRIDE-to-be received a chivalrous proposal from her very own Prince Charming at the top of Dudley Castle.

Colin Richards, aged 35, dressed as a prince to get down on one knee and propose to his girlfriend Gina Chorna at the top of the 11th century castle- and she said yes.

Colin, who grew up in Halesowen, lives in Edmonton, Canada, after moving there seven years ago.

He timed the proposal for one year to the day since they became a couple at a snowboarding holiday in Montana.

The former Leasowes pupil brought Gina over to the Black Country for the festive season to visit his family and show her the sights of his childhood, before popping the question.

His mum Lynda, dad Roger and brother Geoff were also at the zoo to cheer the happy couple on.

Colin explained: "I wanted to bring Gina to all the places I grew up visiting and, as we both love animals and historical buildings, I could think of nothing more perfect than to propose at the top of Dudley Castle.

“We both headed to the top but I told her to wait up there while I dashed down to get my bag from my brother, so I could sneak into a prince’s outfit just before I popped the question.

“I raced back up, went down on one knee and presented Gina with a diamond ring as I asked her to become my wife. I was nervous and excited, but thrilled when she agreed.”

Bride-to-be Gina said: "It was a complete surprise and I couldn’t be happier. I’ve always wanted to be a princess.”

Lynne Grove, from Dudley Zoo, added: "We were thrilled Colin chose the zoo and castle for the romantic proposal and we wish him and Gina every success and happiness for a wonderful future together.”

The pair plan to get married in the Canadian mountains in Easter 2020.