The Queen Elizabeth II’s Engagement Ring
Since the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Sapphire sales have rocketed, due to Kate Middleton receiving Princess Diana’s classic Sapphire and Diamond engagement ring. Like his grandfather, Prince William gave Kate Middleton Diamonds that belonged to his mother.
Queen Elizabeth II’s Engagement Ring
The diamonds for Queen Elizabeth II’s engagement ring from Prince Philip also have a special history. The diamonds came from a tiara belonging to his mother – Princess Andrew of Greece. The ring was created by London jeweller, Philip Antrobus Ltd where Prince Philip was heavily involved in the design of the queen’s engagement ring, having a very particular setting in mind. The ring is a stunning platinum engagement ring set with eleven diamonds.
A 3 carat Round Brilliant diamond sits in the centre of the setting with five smaller stones set on each shoulder. Although the engagement ring was initially a little too big for the princess, the jeweller resized the ring in time for the Queen to wear it for the official engagement announcement. The ring is classic and beautifully balanced, the perfect symbol of their love.
Queen Elizabeth II met Prince Philip when they both attended the wedding of Philip’s cousin, Princess Marina of Greece to The Duke of Kent. Their engagement was announced on the 9th July 1947. Prince Phillip proposed to Queen Elizabeth during a romantic walk around the grounds of Balmoral. Their wedding took place the same year at Westminster Abbey.