The fascinating facts behind 14 royal engagement rings

01 Dec 2017

In celebration of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's engagement, Ripe Insurance have put together an interactive collection of royal engagement rings past and present

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Featuring bespoke hand-drawn illustrations and fascinating facts, Ripe Insurance has unveiled an interactive collection of royal engagement rings - from Princess Diana's renowned sapphire to Queen Elizabeth's classic diamond. 

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The interactive guide was created following the announcement of Prince Harry's proposal to Meghan Markle and Meghan's trilogy ring, bearing a central diamond from Botswana, features in the collection. 

While the pricetag of Meghan's ring is unknown, estimates in the region of £150,000 to £400,000 suggest that the ring is the most expensive engagement ring amongst the Royals. The second most expensive royal engagement ring is thought to be that presented to Sophie Rhys-Jones by Prince Edward with an estimated value of £105,000.

Ripe Insurance has also unearthed some interesting facts about some of the royal couples:

  • Prince William and Kate: If Kate was to become Queen she would be the first Queen in British history to have a university education.
  • Prince Charles and Camilla: It is believed Camilla’s ring was a gift to the Queen Mother from George VI to mark the birth of their first daughter, Queen Elizabeth II, in 1926.
  • Prince Charles and Diana: The design of Diana’s engagement ring was inspired by a sapphire and diamond brooch presented to Queen Victoria by Prince Albert in 1840, the day before their wedding.
  • Prince Andrew and Sarah: Prince Andrew chose a ruby as a tribute to Sarah’s fiery, red hair.

Jon Woosey, managing director of Ripe Insurance, said: “When it comes to royal engagement rings the Royal Family do not hold back, and it’s no surprise when the whole world’s attention is on that finger. What is a surprise is how much thought goes into a lot of the ring choices including gem selections and the meanings behind them. The engagement of Harry and Meghan is a great time to look back and see how the Royal Family’s style has evolved over time.”

Glean more interesting insight here: www.ripeinsurance.co.uk/valuables/royal-engagement-rings/.