Prince William and Kate Middleton
Prince William carried his mother Diana’s £28k engagement ring round in his rucksack for a fortnight before presenting it to girlfriend Kate Middleton while on safari in Kenya.
It was a very romantic proposal, Kate admitted.
Diana chose the 18ct sapphire and diamond ring from jeweller Garrard following her engagement to Charles, The Prince of Wales, in 1981. It was worth £28,000 at the time.
Prince William said he wanted his bride to wear it as a way of involving his mother Diana, who died in 1997, in the happy event.
He said ‘As you may have recognised, it’s my mother’s engagement ring, so of course it’s very special to me and Kate’s very special to me now as well, and it’s only right the two are put together.
‘It was my way of making sure my mother didn’t miss out on today, and the excitement and the fact that we’re going to spend the rest of our lives together.’
Kate wore a stunning blue jewel-toned dress from the Issa fashion label founded by Brazilian designer Daniella Issa Helayel, for the official photo-call following the announcement of the couple’s plans to wed.
Prince William’s dark suit was from Savile Row tailors Gieves & Hawkes, a Royal favourite.
If you’re a fan of the Royal engagement ring, but can’t stretch to the price tag of the original, H Samuel have come to the rescue with a cut-price version to give you the look without the budget.
Their 9ct gold, diamond and sapphire cluster costs £179, while the 18ct gold versionis available for £750.
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