Hidden Tales Behind the Most Dazzling Royal Engagement Rings in Historical past

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Chris Jackson/Getty Photos Kate Middleton sporting her sapphire and diamond engagement ring

When a member of the royal household places a hoop on it, it usually comes with a heavy dose of historical past and sentiment.

When Prince Philip proposed to Queen Elizabeth again in 1947, he used diamonds from a tiara belonging to his mom Princess Andrew of Greece to make a surprising diamond engagement ring for his bride-to-be. In doing so, he began fairly the development in repurposing heirloom jewels for royal brides.

“It is fantastic as a result of it provides an previous piece of bijou new life,” jeweler to the royals, Annoushka Ducas, tells PEOPLE. “There’s one thing so pretty about handing down the recollections, the narrative and what that piece of bijou reminds you of, it is a advanced factor.”

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The Queen In The Green Room At Home In Windsor Castle

The Queen In The Inexperienced Room At Dwelling In Windsor Citadel

Graham Picture Library Staff by way of Getty Photos Queen Elizabeth at Windsor Citadel

Quick-forward 70 years and Prince Harry adopted go well with, this time with a bittersweet nod to his late mom Princess Diana; utilizing two stones from her private jewellery assortment to design Meghan Markle’s engagement ring. “The little diamonds on both facet are from my mom’s jewellery assortment to guarantee that she’s with us on this loopy journey collectively,” he stated on the time of their engagement in 2017.

Prince Harry and his fiancée US actress Meghan Markle pose for a photograph in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace

Prince Harry and his fiancée US actress Meghan Markle pose for {a photograph} within the Sunken Backyard at Kensington Palace

DANIEL LEAL/AFP by way of Getty Photos Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on the day of their engagement announcement

After all, probably the most well-known hand-me-down is the sapphire engagement ring first worn by Princess Diana and at present worn by her daughter-in-law Kate Middleton. That includes a 12-karat oval Ceylon sapphire, set in 18-karat white gold and surrounded by 14 solitaire diamonds, the large sapphire design by Garrard was valued at $37,500 in 1981 when Prince Charles proposed to Diana — however is now thought-about priceless.

“It is my mom’s engagement ring,” William stated in a post-engagement interview with Kate by his facet. “So, I assumed it was fairly good as a result of clearly, she’s not going to be round to share any of the enjoyable and pleasure of all of it — this was my method of maintaining her type of near all of it.”

Diana, Princess of Wales' engagement ring, wedding ring;  Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge presents medals to members of the Irish Guards at the Victoria Barracks

Diana, Princess of Wales’ engagement ring, marriage ceremony ring; Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge presents medals to members of the Irish Guards on the Victoria Barracks

Graham Picture Library crew by way of Getty Photos; Chris Jackson/Getty Photos Kate Middleton sporting Princess Diana’s engagement ring

When Charles remarried in 2005, he additionally shopped from his family jewellery field — selecting a surprising Artwork Deco diamond ring from his grandmother’s private assortment. The Queen Mom (who changed her personal engagement ring with a pearl and diamond design in the course of the course of her marriage) and Charles had been reportedly very shut till her dying in 2002.

Camilla Parker Bowles shows her engagement ring;  The Queen Mother at an evening engagement wearing the ring

Camilla Parker Bowles exhibits her engagement ring; The Queen Mom at a night engagement sporting the ring

Anwar Hussein/WireImage; Graham Picture Library Staff by way of Getty Photos Camilla Parker Bowles sporting a hoop that when belonged to the Queen Mom

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Even when the royals do not suggest with a hoop of great provenance, there’s typically a sentimental nod to the previous. When Princess Eugenie introduced her engagement to long-time boyfriend Jack Brooksbank in 2018, she did so sporting a stunning padparadscha sapphire ring. The pink gem (chosen by Brooksbank) bears a hanging resemblance to her mother Sarah Ferguson’s ring given to her by Prince Andrew in 1986.

Prince Andrew with Sarah Ferguson at Buckingham Palace after the announcement of their engagement;  Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank pose in the Picture Gallery at Buckingham Palace

Prince Andrew with Sarah Ferguson at Buckingham Palace after the announcement of their engagement; Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank pose within the Image Gallery at Buckingham Palace

Graham Picture Library crew by way of Getty Photos; Jonathan Brady – WPA Pool/Getty Photos Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew alongside Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank on the day of their engagement announcement

Whereas her sister Princess Beatrice was one of many few royal fiancées whose ring had no historic references, it was designed by her now-husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and made by London jeweler Shaun Leane who stated the design (4 months within the making) represented their unity.

Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Princess Beatrice of York

Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Princess Beatrice of York

Princess Eugenie Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Princess Beatrice

“We talked about aesthetic — he actually liked Artwork Deco and Beatrice actually likes the Victorian aesthetic in jewellery so we fused these two components collectively, fusing their personalities,” Leane instructed PEOPLE on the time of their engagement.