Kate Middleton’s engagement ring: what’s the true story behind the sapphire?

Earlier this year in June, Kate Middleton celebrated her 11th wedding anniversary with husband Prince William.

The Princess of Wales was seen wearing her stunning engagement ring on the day she walked down the aisle towards the altar on April 29, 2011.

The Duchess of Cambridge showed it off at the couple's engagement announcement

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The Duchess of Cambridge showed it off at the couple’s engagement announcementCredit: AP:Associated Press
Kate Middleton's engagement ring has a lot of history

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Kate Middleton’s engagement ring has a lot of historycredit: Getty

The stunning piece of jewelry was first unveiled several months ago, in November 2010, when the couple announced to the world that they were engaged.

But what’s the story behind the gorgeous blue piece?

What is Kate Middleton’s engagement ring?

It is a 12-karat oval Ceylon sapphire, surrounded by 14 diamonds, and set in 18-karat white gold.

According to Vogue, it’s based on a brooch that Prince Albert asked jeweler Garrard to make for his future wife, Queen Victoria, back in 1840.

it has a sapphire and diamonds in it

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it has a sapphire and diamonds in itCredit: PA: Press Association

At some point, this brooch belonged to the late Queen – and it inspired King Charles when choosing an engagement ring for Princess Diana in 1981.

Garrard’s creative director Sarah Prentice told the magazine that she initially intended to buy a few, but “he actually commissioned a sapphire cluster ring for her.”

How much does Kate’s engagement ring cost?

According to Marie Claire, at the time of its creation, the ring was valued at £28,000.

Experts estimate its value these days at more than £300,000 to £400,000.

However, now considering its historical importance, some believe it is actually priceless.

Did the ring belong to Princess Diana?

The first owner of the ring was the late Princess Diana – who received it from Prince Charles when he proposed back in 1981.

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After her marriage, she was spotted several times wearing the stunning piece.

It was originally made by Prince Charles for Princess Diana

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It was originally made by Prince Charles for Princess DianaCredit: Getty – Contributor

It is unclear whether she returned it to the now-king when they were divorced in 1996.

However, after his death in 1997, it came into the possession of his sons.

What is the story behind the ring?

It is believed that her youngest, Prince Harry, was the first recipient of the ring.

Paul Burrell told the Amazon documentary the diana story that the Duke and his brother got to take a memento from her estate soon after her death.

He recalled the young prince saying: “I remember when I was a little boy and that ring always hurt me because it was so big.”

Prince Harry gave the ring to Prince William to give to his future wife

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Prince Harry gave the ring to Prince William to give to his future wifeCredit: Getty – Contributor

The former butler then went to the vault and gave her the ring.

However, at a later date, he decided to give the go-ahead to his proposal to his brother-in-law’s girlfriend Kate.

He reportedly said: “Wouldn’t it be fair if he had a mummy ring?”

His older brother is believed to have given him his mother’s Cartier watch, which he had received as a 21st birthday present from his father.

When did Prince William propose to Kate Middleton?

Prince William asked his girlfriend of nine years to marry him in October 2010.

It is being told that during his visit to Kenya, he got down on one knee.

song is now considered priceless

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song is now considered pricelessCredits: Rota

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