Jewelry & Watches

Look: The Fabulous Engagement Rings of the British Royal Family

Each one has its own unique story.
IMAGE GETTY
Comments

When the term “royal jewels” comes up, it usually refers to the royal family’s vast collection of tiaras.

Although there is no doubt that these pieces are impressive, we are currently more interested to know more about their engagement rings.

Queen Elizabeth

The Queen’s three-carat diamond ring was made with diamonds from a tiara owned by Prince Philip’s mother, Princess Andrew of Greece. It features a brilliant-cut solitaire diamond with five pavé diamonds on each side.

Princess Diana

Prince Charles asked Diana to pick from a selection from Garrard Jewelers. She chose a 12-carat oval sapphire ring surrounded by 14 diamonds, perhaps the most iconic royal engagement ring today.

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall

When Prince Charles proposed to Camilla Parker Bowles, he gave her an Art Deco ring that once belonged to the Queen Mother. It is also considered one of the larger engagement rings in the British royal family.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton with his mother’s engagement ring. Even sweeter is the fact that Prince Harry, having inherited the sapphire ring upon Princess Diana’s death, gave the ring to his brother to propose with.

Meghan Markle

Designed by Prince Harry with the help of jeweler Cleave and Company, the yellow gold ring features a diamond from Botswana and two others from Princess Diana’s collection.

Princess Margaret

Embed from Getty Images

The ruby-and-diamond ring was designed by her husband, Antony Armstrong-Jones, to resemble a rose, which is the Princess’s middle name.

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

Princess Anne

Embed from Getty Images

The only daughter of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, Princess Anne received two sapphire engagement rings: a classic ring with two diamonds from Mark Phillips, and one with a cabochon stone with three diamonds on either side from Timothy Laurence.

Sarah, Duchess of York

Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images

The Garrard ruby ring from Prince Andrew started the ruby engagement ring trend in England. It is also believed that he chose the deep red stone to match Sarah Ferguson’s red hair.

Sophie, Countess of Wessex

Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images

Prince Edward proposed with a two-carat oval diamond flanked by two smaller heart-shaped stones. The ring also came from Garrard Jewelers, the British royal family’s go-to jeweler.

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

Wallis, Duchess of Windsor

Embed from Getty Images

Edward VIII, who abdicated the throne to marry Wallis Simpson, gave her an emerald engagement ring with the inscription, “We are ours now 27 X 36,” where the numbers represent October 27, 1936, the day he proposed to her.

Comments
About The Author
Paulina Paras
View Other Articles From Paulina Paras
Comments
Latest Stories
 
Share
Tour the gorgeous homes of Gloria Vanderbilt, Richard Avedon, Tony Duquette, and many others.
 
Share
She appears to be judging all those royal walkabouts.
 
Share
This isn't the model's first time working with the iconic brand.
 
Share
An official announcement is expected to come this week.
 
Share
 
Share
Ditch the cheap plastic pumpkins in favor of black candelabras, gilded skulls, and gothic chandeliers.
 
Share
There is now the court of public opinion, a dour, unwinnable arena you never want to find yourself in.
 
Share
The determined chef is on a quest to make American delicacies that will impress even the snobbiest Italian connoisseur.
 
Share
Here's everything you need to know about the 2019 Trooping the Colour.
 
Share
It turns out women want the same sort of rare and expensive watches that have historically been sold to men.
Load More Articles
CONNECT WITH US