The Romantic Story Behind Kate Middleton’s Sapphire Engagement Ring
Royal family news and updates tease that there’s a romantic story behind the engagement ring that belongs to Kate Middleton. The jewelry previously belonged to the late Princess Diana and was used by Prince William to propose to her now-wife back in 2010.
The Story Behind The Sapphire Ring
Prince William used the ring to propose to Kate. But it’s also the same ring that Prince Charles gave to Princess Diana. The ring comes with an elegant design that dates back to the mid-19th century.
But before Prince William and Prince Charles used the ring, it belonged to someone else from the royal family. Garrard crafted the ring, and the piece of jewelry was ordered by Prince Albert for Queen Victoria back in 1840. Queen Victoria loved the sapphire ring, which was surrounded by 12 round diamonds. She wore it during her wedding day to have something blue on her gown.
The ring was declared an heirloom of the crown after Queen Victoria died in 1901. Since then, all the Queen and Queen Consort have worn the piece. Queen Elizabeth was also one of the royals who wore the sapphire ring during special events, such as Prince William’s christening.
Prince Charles’ Proposal
Prince Charles chose different rings, including a sapphire and diamond ring, for his proposal to Diana at Windsor Castle. Diana reportedly picked the sapphire ring because it matched her blue eyes.
Prince William’s Proposal
The sapphire ring was also special to Prince William.
“It’s my mother’s engagement ring so I thought it was quite nice because obviously, she’s not going to be around to share any of the fun and excitement of it all — this was my way of keeping her sort of close to it all,” the Duke of Cambridge said.
The ring was reportedly supposed to be passed on to Prince Harry. But he gave up the ring so that his brother could use it to propose to Kate.
Kate Alters The Ring
Reports said Kate altered the ring because she feared it would fall off and she’d lose it. The Duchess of Cambridge reportedly brought the piece of jewelry to G Collins and Sons to make the adjustment.
The original ring was kept intact because she had the adjustment made at the band’s bottom. Aside from the sapphire ring, Kate also wears her wedding band and another third ring.
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