12 CARAT OVAL BLUE SAPPHIRE ENGAGEMENT RING

The beautiful 12-carat oval sapphire engagement ring that sealed Kate Middleton and Prince William’s union remains a phenomenon even though the two got engaged several years ago. The famous ring that previously belonged to Prince William’s late mother, Princess Diana, is encircled by a magnificent 14 diamonds and has a fascinating past that spans several decades.

close up of kate middletons engagement ring
close up of kate middletons engagement ring

Notable fact: If Prince Harry had married before his older brother, the story of the sapphire ring would have had a very different continuation (and perhaps not so loud)

When William and Harry arrived at Kensington Palace after Diana’s death, they were allowed to take something in memory of their mother from her jewelry collection. Prince William chose the gold watch his father had given his then-fiancée Diana Spencer for her 20th birthday. Harry, who was 12 at the time, took the engagement ring. When William did decide to pop the question to Kate after dating her for nine years, his younger brother gave his older brother his mother’s ring (and perhaps that gesture was the deciding factor). “That’s how my mom was able to be there for me at this important moment for me,” William later admitted. And for us it is also an example of the incredibly touching friendship between the two brothers.

In the official engagement photos of young Prince William and his fiancée Kate Middleton, the sapphire “Princess Diana ring” was almost the third main character of the event. Since then Kate hasn’t taken it off her finger, and millions of girls around the world are eager to get a copy of this ring as a wedding gift. By the way, the excitement was so great that in the UK, for example, in early 2016, at the request of Kensington Palace, a ban was imposed on the replica engagement ring, which now belonged to the Duchess of Cambridge. It’s hard to blame Kate for wanting to be the sole owner of a “Diana ring.”

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