The Most Spectacular Royal Engagement Rings, from Princess Diana to Grace Kelly

MaxMumby/SamirHussein/GettyImagesPrinceHarryproposedtotheDuchessofSussexinNovember2017withatri-diamondengagementring,featuringalargesquarecenterdiamondfromBotswana(wheretheyhadtheirfirstdatetogether)nestledbetweentwodiamondsfromPrincessDiana’sprivatecollection,allsetonaplaingoldband.It'sestimatedtobeabout6.5caratstotal,withthecenterstonecarryingabout5.However,theduchesscausedastirinrecentmonthswhen,onJune8atthisyear’sTroopingtheColourcelebrations,sheshowedoffastackincludingadiamond-coveredhalf-bandonherengagementring.It’sbelievedthatMarkleaddedthepavédetailsometimeduringhermaternityleavewithroyalbabyArchie.
ArthurEdwards/KarwaiTang/GettyImagesKateMiddletoncouldn’ttearhergazeawayfromthestunningsapphireringduringthecouple’sofficialengagementphotocallinNovember2010,andwetotallyunderstandwhy.ThisistheoriginalengagementringthatPrincessDianareceivedfromPrinceCharlesinFebruary1981.Theringfeaturesa12-caratovalblueCeylonfacetedsapphire,whichissurroundedby14solitairediamonds.Thering’ssettingismadefrom18Kwhitegold.ItwasresizedforKateonasmallerplatinumband,andisreportedlyworthmorethan$500,000.
TimGraham/GettyImagesCharlesproposedtoDianawitharingmadebythen-crownjewelerHouseofGarrard.Thedesignwassimilartothelateprincess’smother’sengagementring,andit’salsosaidtobeararesemblancetoQueenVictoria'ssapphire-and-diamondweddingbrooch,whichwaschosenforherbyPrinceAlbert.Theringisveryunique,however,inthatthelatePrincessofWalesselecteditfromtheGarrardcatalog(itwasavailabletopurchasebyanyone).AftersheseparatedfromPrinceCharlesin1992,Dianacontinuedtoweartheblinguntilthedivorcewasfinalizedin1996.
AnthonyJones/WPAPool/GettyImagesPrincePhilipcraftedthequeen’sthree-caratdiamondringusingstonesfromthetiaracollectionofhismother,PrincessAliceofBattenberg.(Reportedly,thetiarawasaweddinggifttoPrincessAlicefromTsarNicholasIIandTsarinaAlexandra,thelastoftheRussianRomanovfamily.)Theringfeaturesasolitairethree-caratdiamondsurroundedbyfivesmallerpavédiamondsoneachsideonaclassicplatinumband.PrincePhilipandthequeenannouncedtheirengagementonJuly9,1947,andweremarriedNovember20ofthesameyear.
MarkCuthbert/WPAPool/GettyImagesVerysimilartohermotherSarahFerguson’sengagementringfromPrinceAndrew,Eugeniewasgivenafloral-styleringwithadiamondhalobyhernow-husband,JackBrooksbank,inJanuary2018.ThepiececontainsalightpinkPadparadschasapphirecenterstone(estimatedtobeaboutthreecarats)surroundedbyahaloofdiamondsonaWelshyellowgoldband.Theroyalcoupledesignedtheringtogether.
Archives/GettyImagesTheprincessofMonacohadnotonebuttwoengagementrings.PrinceRainierIIIofMonacooriginallyproposedtotheAmericanactressin1956witharubyanddiamondeternityringbyCartier.Later,PrinceRainiergaveKellyasecondpieceofCartierbling:a10.48-caratemerald-cutdiamondwithtwolargebaguettesoneitherside,allsetonaplatinumband(picturedontheright).Thelatterreportedlycostawhopping$4.06million.
TimGraham/GettyImagesDesignedbyfamedLondonjewelerHouseofGarrard,theringgiventoFergiebyPrinceAndrew,DukeofYork,containedaBurmarubyencircledbytendrop-diamonds,andisuncannilysimilartoherdaughterPrincessEugenie’sengagementringfromJackBrooksbank(seeabove).FergieandthedukewereengagedonMarch19,1986,tiedtheknotfourmonthslaterinWestminsterAbbeybeforetheirdivorcein1996.
AlainBENAINOUS/GettyImagesFormerTVnewsanchorLetiziaOrtizRocasolanobecameengagedtoKingFelipeVI(thenPrinceofAsturias)onNovember1,2003.TheheirapparenttotheSpanishthronegaveLetiziaa16-baguettediamondengagementringwithawhitegoldtrim.Thecoupleweremarriedsixmonthslater,andbecameKingandQueenConsortofSpaininJune2014.
TimGraham/GettyImagesCamillaandPrinceCharleswereengagedonFebruary10,2005.Theprincepoppedthequestionwitharingthatfeaturesamassivefive-caratemerald-cutdiamondinthecenter,flankedbythreediamondbaguettesoneachside.ItoncebelongedtotheQueenMother,PrinceCharles'sgrandmother.
NormanParkinson/GettyImagesThequeen’sonlydaughtermarriedCaptainMarkPhillipsin1973(beforetheyweredivorcedin1992),whoproposedwithasapphire-and-diamondengagementring(picturedontheright).ShethenmarriedTimothyLawrenceonDecember12,1992,andhealsogaveherasapphirering,thistimewiththreesmallerdiamondsoneitherside.
PatrikOsterberg-Pool/GettyImageTheCrownPrincessofSwedenmarriedPrinceDanielin2010,afterhegaveherasimpleyetelegantsinglediamondring.Thediamondsolitaireissetonawhitegoldbandand,despiteitsunfussydesign,isabitcontentious.TheringbreakswithSwedishroyaltradition,sincethemonarchyusedtoexchangesimplegoldbandstomarktheirengagements.
GettyImagesThequeen’syoungersisterwasmarriedtoAntonyArmstrong-Jonesfrom1960untiltheirdivorcein1978.ThephotographerproposedtoMargaretwitharuby-and-diamondpiece(similartotheoneabove,whichisalsofromthelateprincess’sprivatecollection)thatwasdesignedtolooklikearosebud.ItreportedlysignifiedMargaret’smiddlename,Rose.
JohnRawlings/GettyImagesTheDukeofWindsorproposedtoAmericansocialite(and*gasp!*divorcée)WallisSimpsononOctober27,1936,withthisemeraldstunnerbyCartier.TherelationshipcausedaconstitutionalcrisisinGreatBritain,andendedwithEdwardVIIIabdicatingthethroneinordertomarrySimpson.“Weareoursnow27X36”wasengravedontheinsideofthebandholdingthewhopping19.77-caratrectangularemerald.Thenumbersstoodforthedateoftheirengagement(27thdayofthetenthmonthof1936).RELATED:ShopAllofMeghanMarkle’sNewAccessoriesSoYouCanSparkleLikeaDuchess
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