A look at royal engagement rings through the decades – including Kate Middleton’s £300,000 12 carat sapphire

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The royal family certainly don’t do things in half measures when it comes to engagement rings and, through the decades, we’ve seen some dazzling jewels adorn the fingers of well-known royals.

The royals uphold countless traditions when it comes to appearance and attire, but some members have personalised the traditions with their own unique touches, including forgoing the Queen’s nude nail varnish rule.

And engagement rings are one area where the personality of the royals has really shone through over the years, and Lorna Haddon, head of diamonds and jewellery at Beaverbrooks, has given us a closer insight into the rings they’ve picked out.

Let’s take a look…

Queen Elizabeth

Queen Elizabeth’s engagement ring is undeniably timeless.

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Discussing the ring, Lorna said: “Her Majesty's iconic ring is likely to be in the price bracket of around £200,000.”

The ring was designed by Prince Philip himself, and one his mother’s tiaras is the previous home of the impressively-sized diamond which sits in the middle.

Kate Middleton

The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, wears a very beautiful engagement ring.

Talking us through the ring, which was Prince William's mother Diana's before her tragic death, Lorna explained: “Rather than a traditional diamond at its centre, Kate’s iconic engagement ring holds a stunning 12 carat oval blue sapphire, which is surrounded by fourteen smaller solitaire diamonds.

“The sapphire and diamonds are set in a slim 18 carat white gold band, which accentuates the central piece and draws the eye in to the precious stones.

“A family heirloom, Kate’s ring once belonged to Prince William’s mother, Princess Diana, and has incredible sentimental value to the prince.

“Kate’s historic ring is estimated to be worth around the £300,000 mark.”

Meghan Markle

Meghan Markle’s engagement ring is stunning and boasts a classic gold band with a central diamond sitting between two smaller diamonds.

Lorna described the ring as a “popular choice.” She continued: “Three stone diamond rings are a popular choice as the ring sits perfectly with a traditional wedding band and eternity band, and shows off a brilliant cut diamond to its full extent. The three stones are said to represent a couple’s past, present and future together – a romantic and meaningful gesture from the prince.

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“Harry has followed in his brother’s footsteps and selected diamonds from his mother’s precious collection to create the truly intricate design – a tribute to Meghan’s unique individuality and style.”

Lorna estimates Meghan’s ring at being between £120,000 and £150,000.

Princess Beatrice

Princess Beatrice recently married Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in a private ceremony and she looked as beautiful as ever.

The newly-married princess wears a stunning platinum diamond engagement ring with a central diamond framed by tapered baguette cut diamonds.

Lorna described the ring as: “A classic choice, offering a timeless finish with plenty of dazzling sparkle.”

Beatrice’s ring is estimated to be worth between £250,000 and £300,000.

Princess Eugenie

Princess Beatrice’s sister Eugenie also has a beautiful engagement ring to call her own.

Describing the ring, Lorna said: “Vibrant coloured gemstones paired with diamonds are becoming increasingly popular for brides who are looking for a statement engagement ring, and have been a key feature in royal proposals for many years.

“Eugenie’s engagement ring features a classic gold band set with a stunning padparadscha [a pink and orange] sapphire. The rare gem is nestled within ten brilliant cut diamonds and two pear cut diamonds to emphasise the central gem and create an eye-catching finish.

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“The slim gold band accentuates the central piece and draws the eye straight to the gorgeous and unusual sapphire.”

The amazing ring is estimated to be worth around £100,000.

Pippa Middleton

Pippa Middleton, Kate Middleton’s sister, has a beautiful vintage-inspired ring with an asscher cut [octagonal] diamond at its centre.

Discussing the ring, Lorna said: “It’s a traditional choice which is complemented beautifully by a halo of round brilliant cut diamonds.

“The platinum band is the perfect setting for showing off the breath-taking diamonds at their brilliant best.

“Pippa’s ring is estimated to be worth between £200,000 and £250,000.”

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