From Queen Elizabeth’s sparkling ring to Princess Diana’s iconic sapphire ring, it’s clear that the royal family has always had impeccable taste in engagement rings. The latest royal bride to have a stunning sparkler on her finger as she prepares to marry the love of her life? Princess Eugenie, the cousin of Prince William and Prince Harry who will marry wine merchant Jack Brooksbank in less than two weeks.
Princess Eugenie’s engagement ring is truly exquisite: It features an oval, coral-colored sapphire called a padparadscha that’s surrounded by diamonds. When Jack and Eugenie announced their engagement earlier this year with a series of portraits taken at Buckingham Palace, Jack was asked for the story behind the beautiful gem choice. “I went and found an amazing padparadscha sapphire,” he said, “but then didn’t want to do anything until Eugenie had signed off on it.” Clearly, this is a man who wants to make sure everything is perfect for his bride-to-be!
Why Royal Family Rings Are So Valuable
Princess Eugenie’s ring is just the latest in a long line of important royal family jewels. Other than being an unmistakable part of history, royal family rings also carry an irreplaceable sentimental value, touching on moments that are close to the family members’ hearts. For instance, Meghan Markle’s engagement ring from Prince Harry was no exception: the piece of jewelry features two diamonds from the collection of his late mother, Princess Diana.
“The ring is obviously yellow gold because that’s [Meghan’s] favorite and the main stone itself is sourced from Botswana,” Harry said at the time of the couple’s engagement in a BBC interview. “And the little diamonds on either side are from my mother’s jewelry collection to make sure that she’s with us on this crazy journey together.”
Back in 2010, William said, “[Kate’s engagement ring is] my mother’s engagement ring, so I thought it was quite nice because obviously, she’s not going to be around to share any of the fun and excitement of it all — this was my way of keeping her close to it all.”
We can’t wait to get a closer look at these breathtaking pieces of jewelry, plus more from the rest of the royal family. Scroll below to see some of the most beautiful engagement rings of the royal family, up close and personal!
Princess Eugenie Engagement Ring
Princess Eugenie's Engagement Ring
On October 12, Princess Eugenie will marry her love, the wine merchant Jack Brooksbank, at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor — the same place Harry and Meghan were wed earlier this year. The engagement ring Jack gave to Eugenie features an oval, coral-colored padparadscha sapphire surrounded by diamonds and is similar to the engagement ring that Eugenie's mother, Sarah Ferguson, received from her father, Prince Andrew, back in 1986 (though that ring was a gorgeous Burmese ruby surrounded by diamonds).
Princess Diana Ring
Princess Diana's Engagement Ring
The engagement ring of Princess Diana consists of a 12-carat oval blue sapphire, surrounded by 14 solitaire diamonds and set in 18K white gold. Because she chose it herself, she was heavily criticized for picking one that was available to so-called commoners instead of having one custom-made. But Princess Diana's engagement ring quickly became iconic after millions of non-royal women took a look at that rock — the style practically flew off the shelves!
Kate Middleton Ring
Kate Middleton's Engagement Ring
After Prince William inherited his beloved late mother's ring, he passed it on to his wife Kate. Although the piece of jewelry was slightly too big for her, the duchess was able to have it altered by the Crown Jeweller, G. Collins and Sons. You'd never guess just by looking at it, but the team actually placed small platinum rings inside of it to make sure it fit comfortably. And of course, it still looks stunning to this day!
Meghan Markle Engagment Ring
Meghan Markle's Engagement Ring
Prince Harry designed a ring for his lovely bride-to-be with three shining diamonds. As the royal told BBC in an interview following the engagement announcement, he had the main diamond sourced from Botswana. The two surrounding diamonds are from Princess Diana's personal collection. We love how both he and Prince William found a special way to honor their mom when proposing to their lovely ladies!
Queen Elizabeth Ring
Queen Elizabeth's Engagement Ring
As you might imagine, Queen Elizabeth's engagement ring is nothing short of regal — and it has a pretty sweet story behind it, too. The sparkling diamonds in the jewelry actually came from a tiara that belonged to her husband Prince Philip's mother, Princess Alice of Battenberg. Aww, we always knew that her spouse had a soft side!
The Queen Mother Ring
The Queen Mother's Engagement Ring
Queen Elizabeth's mother received this gorgeous emerald-cut diamond ring from her husband, George VI. Set in platinum with baguette diamonds on each side, it's certainly a sight for sore eyes. Much like other royal family rings, she was not the only person or even the last person to own this special piece.
Camilla Duchess Of Cornwall Ring
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall's Ring
If you thought the Queen Mother's ring looked familiar, it might be because it currently belongs to Camilla. The Duchess of Cornwall received it from Prince Charles in 2005. He gave it to her after he inherited it from his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth. It's still shining bright as ever!
Princess Michael Of Kent Ring
Princess Michael Of Kent's Engagement Ring
The stones in her ring were actually inherited by her husband's mother, Princess Marina. What a beautiful design!
Sophie Countess Of Wessex Ring 1
Sophie, Countess Of Wessex's Engagement Ring
As The Daily Mail reported, Prince Edward proposed to his beloved Sophie with a ring from the favorite British royal jeweler, Garrard. A two-carat oval diamond with smaller heart-shaped gems, the ring is certainly a dreamy one.
Birgitte Duchess Of Gloucester Ring
Birgitte, Duchess Of Gloucester's Engagement Ring
Her husband Prince Richard put his architectural interest to good use when he designed this special ring for her! How romantic.
Anne Princess Royal Ring
Princess Anne's Wedding Ring
According to Hello! magazine, Princess Anne chose her own engagement ring — a lovely sapphire and diamond one — for her first marriage to Captain Mark Phillips. Isn't it elegant?
Princess Alexandra Ring
Princess Alexandra's Engagement Ring
Queen Elizabeth's cousin got quite a special ring before she married Sir Angus Ogilvy! The deep blue oval piece of jewelry reminds us so much of Princess Anne's ring.
Katharine Duchess Of Kent Ring
Katharine, Duchess Of Kent's Ring
This ring was given to her by the Duke of Kent (and Queen Elizabeth's cousin), Prince Edward. Isn't it stunning?