Beyonce Knowles was far from surprised to learn her pal Kelly Rowland got engaged to football ace ROY WILLIAMS - because she cooked up an elaborate plan to ensure the event ran smoothly.

The NAUGHTY GIRL singer and her boyfriend Jay-Z planned a 10 May (04) party at the rapper's New York City hot-spot, 40/40 CLUB, under the guise of celebrating the first day of shooting anticipated movie The Pink Panther.

At the appointed time, Beyonce had her mother Tina Knowles pretend to faint. When Kelly rushed to her side, Tina asked to be led to a private VIP room so she could sit down. But when Kelly opened the door, she found the room filled with rose petals and candles - and her boyfriend of about six months waiting inside, where he dropped to one knee and popped the big question.

An eyewitness says, "Kelly was shocked."

Jay-Z was also in on the plan. He helped pick the six-carat, round-cut engagement ring and even calmed DALLAS COWBOYS safety Williams before the proposal.

The source tells US WEEKLY, "Roy's hands were shaking so badly! He doesn't drink, but Jay made him have three shots."

The happy couple have yet to set a date for their nuptials.

20/05/2004 17:22