One of the very first questions asked after news of the engagement hit the press was “What does the Kate Middleton engagement ring look like?” That same evening, at St. James’ Palace, the ring was revealed in all its splendor: It was the 18-carat oval sapphire surrounded by diamonds that was the one Princess Diana wore as her own engagement ring. Kate Middleton was quoted as saying, “I just hope I look after it.”
Princess Diana’s Choice was Apropos
Princess Diana had chosen the ring from several selections, which were presented to her in 1981 to mark her engagement to Prince Charles. And as typical of the Diana years, her choice at the time didn’t come without a scandal. The ring choice brought opposition, including some from within the royal family, stating that the future princess had poorly chosen a ring that anyone could buy, instead of having one custom-made. At the time, the ring cost $60,000. It was Princess Diana’s savvy eye for style that caused her to go with the ring choice, and ever since the choice was made, the “commoner’s sapphire” has borne her name. Even after her divorce from Prince Charles, Diana continued to wear the ring.
Keeping Diana Near
After Diana’s death, reports of the ring’s disposition indicated that it came into Prince Harry’s possession, with William inheriting a Cartier watch. Harry apparently, deciding that the ring should reside on the finger of the future queen of England, gave it to William to present to his fiancee. ”Obviously, she’s not going to be around to share in any of the fun and excitement of it all, so this is my way of keeping her sort of close to it all,” William said of his late mother in a joint interview with Kate.
The Long-Awaited Proposal
Apparently William’s Kenya trip itinerary included the proposal, as before he departed, William took the ring from a royal safe in a “cloak and dagger” operation, as described by Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper. For the first three weeks in Africa, William literally carried the ring around with him in his “rucksack” until the time came when he popped the question. Of the ring, William shared, “I literally would not let it go. Everywhere I went, I was keeping ahold of it because I knew, this thing, if it disappeared, I’d be in a lot of trouble.”
Royal Blue All the Way
During Kate and William’s interview on British TV a few hours after news of their engagement was announced, the Kate Middleton engagement ring was set off nicely by the navy silk jersey dress Kate wore with simple black pumps. The dress was created by London-based fashion label Issa, which is Middleton’s favorite designer. “I’m very happy that she has chosen to wear Issa today,” Daniella Helayel, an Issa designer and friend of Middleton’s, told People magazine. And within minutes of the ring being unveiled, jewellery stores everywhere began receiving calls from all around the world.
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