11/11/2014 11:41 GMT | Updated 20/05/2015 06:12 BST

Geri Halliwell Engaged To Formula 1 Boss Christian Horner

Geri Halliwell is engaged to her Formula One team boss beau, Christian Horner. And, just one week after Benedict Cumberbatch announced his engagement to Sophie Hunter in the The Times newspaper, Geri unveiled her marriage news in exactly the same way. Do we see a new celeb trend emerging?

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The 42-year-old former Ginger Spice announced her engagement with an ad in the Births, Marriages and Deaths pages of The Times, which read: "The engagement is announced between Christian, son of Mr and Mrs G.M. Horner and Geraldine, daughter of Mr L.F. Halliwell and Mrs A. Parkinson."

Mandatory Credit: Photo by REX (4240614a) Times newspaper featuring the announcement of the engagement of Geri Halliwell and Christian Horner Geri Halliwell and Christian Horner announce their engagement in The Times newspaper, Britain - 11 Nov 2014 Publishing upcoming marriages in the classified section of The Times newspaper is a traditional ritual in Britain.

Geri has been dating the Red Bull Racing team boss since March this year, and rumours of an engagement have been swirling since July, when the couple enjoyed a luxury holiday in Portofino.

Both Geri and Christian have children from previous relationships, with Christian having a daughter called Olivia with former partner Beverley Allen, and Geri also having a daughter, Bluebell Madonna.

Horner started off his career as a racing car driver, and last year received an OBE for his contribution to motor sports.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by REX (3884383c) Christian Horner and Geri Halliwell F1 party in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity, London, Britain - 02 Jul 2014

Geri has spent much of 2014 supporting Horner at races around the world, and last year she appeared as a judge on Australia's Got Talent. She also released a single last year called 'Half Of Me', but did not repeat the success of her previous years. Geri has four UK number one hits under her belt, and was recently overtaken by Cheryl Fernandez-Versini as the British female solo artist with the most UK chart-toppers.

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Anyway, back to getting married... We'll have to put off buying the hat for a little while as no mention has yet been made of the wedding date.

Other celebrities to have revealed their engagement in The Times' Births, Deaths and Marriages page include actor Eddie Redmayne to publicist Hannah Bagshawe, and comedian David Mitchell to presenter Victoria Coren.

We can't wait to see the rock. In the meantime, check out these other celebrity bling rings: