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Prince William Married to Kate! The Scoop On Princes Diana's Ring!

Updated on October 6, 2015
Diana wearing her engagement ring. Photo:
Diana wearing her engagement ring. Photo:

Kate and Wills Married! The Scoop on the Ring

Prince Charles asked Diana Spencer to be his wife in February, 1981, at Buckingham Palace. He gave her a sapphire engagement ring.

Gerrard, the royal jewelers, had brought a tray of rings to the palace for the couple to make their selection. They chose the huge chunky sapphire (now worn by Kate Middleton) that was surrounded by fourteen smaller, but brilliant diamonds to be Diana's engagement ring.

The ring was then submitted to the queen for her approval and she was under the impression that the ring had been designed especially for the future princess. It was not. It was featured in Gerrard's catalog and anyone with about $50,000 (at the time) could buy one.

The queen was not amused.

Kate and Wills and the ring.  Photo:
Kate and Wills and the ring. Photo:

The Sapphire Engagement Ring...

The sapphire engagement ring that Kate Middleton now wears is typical of European engagement rings.

Diamonds were never as popular in Europe as they are in the United States and Diana's future sister-in-law, Sarah Ferguson (who married around the same time), received a ruby when she became engaged to Prince Andrew. 

Sapphires are symbolic of the heavens--and the ruby symbolizes the heart!

Blue Sapphire means "hope"  Photo:
Blue Sapphire means "hope" Photo:

Sapphires In Contrast to Diamonds...

Sapphires and rubies are corundrum and are ranked second in hardness to diamond.

Blue sapphires also mean hope.

Let's hope that Kate and Wills and their two children have a wonderful married life together!

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