Best of luck Harry and Meghan! As the world gets ready for today’s royal event, we go back in time with a history of royal engagement rings…
Where will you be later on today, we wonder? Just an average, run-of-the-mill Saturday. We guess you’ll be taking the kids to the park, doing the weekly shop, or putting on a whites wash – you know, nothing special. Or maybe not. Because later on today, you, like us, will be glued to our TVs to watch Meghan marry her (very literal) Prince Charming. My mum’s insisting we go to hers to watch it. My gran’s hosting a street party (she bulk-bought the bunting). My three year old went to bed in readiness in her Elsa costume. Inexplicably uninterested, the men in my life have already been dispatched on playdates, a full month in advance – the ten year old and the hubby. For how can you NOT want to watch this?! Join us in getting excited this morning as we celebrate all things royal and take a trip down memory lane… a trip exploring the history of royal engagement rings…
The Queen’s Mother
George V proposed to the the Queen’s Mother, Elizabeth, with this giant oval sapphire embedded on a platinum band as they walked through the winter woods of her father’s home of St Paul’s, Walden Bury.
Prince Philip proposed at Balmoral Castle with this square-cut, 3-carat diamond (most recent valuation at £100,000!).
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall
This stunning Art Deco-style ring carries a distinctive emerald-cut diamond, flanked on each side by three diamond baguettes. The ring is believed to be a family heirloom.
Princess Diana and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
This 18-carat, white-gold band features a Ceylon sapphire, surrounded by 14 diamonds. Prince William asked Kate to be his wife with his mum’s stunning sapphire ring (and we wouldn’t have said no either!). Currently estimated at a whopping £300,000.
Whilst cooking a roast chicken, Harry popped the question with this yellow-gold and diamond ring. Made from three stones – one large diamond sourced from Botswana where the couple holidayed together, and two stones from Princess Diana’s personal jewellery collection – Meghan will continue the touching gesture of keeping Princess Diana with them both.
From everyone here at Love Our Wedding, we wish Harry and Meghan a lifetime of happiness and all the luck in the world today. We’ll be watching and no doubt shedding a joyful tear or two!
Our thanks to ripeinsurance.co.uk for the inspiration and information here!