The Queens 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.
The diamonds for Queen Elizabeth II's engagement ring from Prince Philip also have a special history, as diamonds used to create the ring came from a tiara belonging to his mother – Princess Andrew of Greece.
Before asking for her hand in marriage, Prince Philip was heavily involved in the design of the stunning engagement ring, which is a platinum ring set with eleven diamonds, a 3 carat round solitaire and five smaller stones set on each shoulder.
How did the Queen and Prince Philip meet?
The Queen met Prince Philip when they both attended the wedding of Philip’s cousin, Princess Marina of Greece to The Duke of Kent. This was in 1934, when the Queen was a teenager and Prince Philip was an 18-year-old Royal Navy officer.