From solitaires to triple-stone settings, diamond rings have long been the tradition when declaring undying love. Sometimes a royal has got to shake up tradition and add a splash of color, and there are a few classics in the British Royal Family. Enjoy!
The Queen’s Engagement Ring
This ring was given to Princess Elizabeth as a token of Prince Philip’s love. After a courtship of several years and delayed by WWII, Philip returned to Britain and proposed to Elizabeth after asking the king’s permission. He had dismantled one of his mother’s old tiaras to provide the diamonds for this ring. The diamond brilliants are set in platinum. Philip’s mother, Princess Alice, was living in London at the time and brought her jewels to a Bond Street jeweler to create the ring and wedding bracelet. Philip was not able to do so personally in case he was recognized.
The Duchess of Cornwall’s ring
Clarence House announced the engagement of Camilla Parker-Bowles (neé Shand) and the Prince of Wales on February 5, 2005. Charles proposed with a ring that once belonged to Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother – his beloved grandmother. Charles’ grandfather, Prince Albert (the future George VI) was so overjoyed when his wife gave birth to their first daughter, he gave her this emerald-cut diamond with 3 diamond baguettes along each side.
Zara Phillips’ Ring
Princess Anne’s daughter, Zara, was engaged to Mike Tindal with a diamond solitaire on December 21, 2010. Zara’s ring is very unusual in that its band is actually a divided band of channel-set diamonds. Very pretty!
HRH The Countess of Wessex’s Ring
Prince Edward gave Sophie a 2-carat oval diamond with heart-shaped diamonds on either side. Her wedding band, like all British royal brides, was made with Welsh gold. That’s one tradition that never changes despite the varying styles and designs of engagement rings!
Some royals chose to buck the diamond trend and instead go for a colorful gem. Look no further than this fascinating array of gems worn by several royal lovebirds for inspiration:
The most famous precious gem in recent times belonged to the late Diana, Princess of Wales. The eye-popping oval sapphire surrounded by tiny baguette diamonds was chosen by Diana herself for her engagement to Prince Charles in 1981. The engagement ring is now worn by her daughter-in-law Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge.
Charles and Diana’s son, Prince William, used this ring to propose to the former Kate Middleton while on holiday in Kenya together. With Diana in his thoughts, “this was my way of keeping her close to it all,” said William.
However, Diana was not the first to wear a sapphire and diamond engagement ring. Several styles of royal rings over the years have incorporated the diamond and sapphire theme.
Princess Anne’s Rings
Princess Anne, the Queen’s only daughter, was engaged to Captain Mark Phillips with a triple stone ring – a round sapphire flanked by two round diamonds, each one about a carat. Sadly, they divorced. When it was announced that Anne was to remarry, her ring turned out to be the same stones, but in different styles. Timothy Laurence gave Anne a cabochon sapphire stone with three small diamonds on each side. See more here
Her Royal Highness Princess Margaret, the Queen’s younger sister, was engaged to photographer friend Antony Armstrong-Jones in 1960. He had the ruby and diamond ring designed to resemble a rose in honor of the princess, whose full name was Margaret Rose.
- Fast Facts Engagement Sheet!
- Princess Elizabeth & Prince Philip
Engagement announced: July 9th, 1947
Married: November 20th, 1947
- HRH Princess Anne & Captain Mark Phillips
Engagement Announced: May 29th, 1973
Married: November 14th, 1973
(Div. 1992. Anne married Timothy Laurence on December 12th, 1992)
- HRH Prince Edward & Ms. Sophie Rhys Jones
Engagement announced: January 6th, 1999.
Married: June 19th, 1999
- HRH The Prince of Wales & Camilla Parker-Bowles
Engagement announced: February 10th, 2005
Married: April 9th, 2005
- Ms. Zara Phillips & Michael Tindall
(Zara’s ring is the featured image)
Engagement announced: December 21, 2010
Married: July 30th, 2011
- HRH Prince William of Wales & Ms. Catherine Middleton
Engagement announced: November 16th, 2010
Married: April 29th, 2011
- For all of your dreamy royal rings, check out Gemvara! You can personalize ANY ring and make it as unique as you are!