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The Princess Diana Ring

By Alina

Marketing and Communications Advisor with a passion for diamonds and a nose for trends. Always happy to share the latest developments in the jewelry business with you.

September 23, 2020

You might know this legendary ring. The world’s most famous blue sapphire ring. The ring consists of 14 diamonds surrounding a sapphire in the middle. Charles proposed to Diana with this ring and it became known as one of the most famous engagement rings in the world. Kate Middleton now wears this ring, as her husband Prince William inherited the ring from his beloved mother, Diana.

About Princess Diana

Diana Spencer was born on the 1st of July in 1961 in Norfolk, England. She got the title Lady Diana in 1975 when her father inherited his Earldom. Diana was one of the most adored members of the British Royal Family. Therefore, her second name was the ‘People’s Princess’. She thanked this name due to the fact that she contributed to a lot of charities. Diana was busy helping homeless and disabled people, as well as children and people with HIV/Aids. She also inspired a lot of people with her great eye for fashion and her personal style.

Princess Diana childhood

Lady Diana at a younger age. Bron: Pinterest

She became a ‘royal rebel’ due to the fact that she stood out for herself and lived her lived the way she wanted it. Some things should be highlighted about the fact that she was different. She chose her own engagement ring from a catalog, she wrote her own vows (she refused to say to ‘obey’), she sent her sons to a public school, she wore whatever she wanted (yes, she wore off-shoulder pieces), and so much more. Diana simply set a new example of how things should be done and that everybody should be free in what they do.

Princess Diana

Princess Diana wearing an off-shoulder dress in blue. Bron: Pinterest

Proposal of Prince Charles to Diana

Prince Charles proposed to Diana in his home, the Windsor Castle on February 6th, 1981. Diana was just 20 years old when Prince Charles asked her to marry him, he was 32 at the time, 12 years older than her.

They say Charles was still in love with his former girlfriend, Camilla Parker Bowles at the time. Their relationship failed due to the fact that Camilla was not an appropriate match for the future king. Prince Charles was forced into proposing to Diana by his father Prince Philip. Besides that, in the engagement interview, Prince Charles was asked if he was in love and he responded with: “Whatever love means.”

Prince Charles and Lady Diana engagement

Photo of Prince Charles and Lady Diana taken on the day they first announced their engagement. She is wearing the blue sapphire engagement ring. Bron: Pinterest

Characteristics of the ring

First of all, a fun fact is that choose her own engagement ring. The engagement ring is an 18 karat white gold ring topped with a 12 karat oval-shaped Ceylon Sapphire surrounded by a halo of 14 solitaire diamonds. The ring was made by the crown jeweler Garrard, it was in the Garrard catalog and didn’t need any customizations, she found it perfect already. The inspiration came from Queen Victoria’s brooch. The ring cost Charles 28.000 pounds at the time (now it is priceless). It is often referred to as the ‘commoner’s ring’ because it wasn’t a custom made ring.

The princess Diana Ring

The Princess Diana Ring. Bron: Pinterest

Marriage of Prince Charles and Princess Diana

Yet still, Prince Charles married Diana Spencer on the 29th of July in 1981. Diana Spencer became the Princess of Wales at that time. They married in the St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, England. Diana wore a designer dress from David and Elizabeth Emanuel. Besides that, she wore an 18th century Spencer family tiara.

Princess Diana's wedding

Princess Diana on her wedding day in 1981. Bron: Pinterest

What happened to Prince Charles and Princess Diana

After their marriage in 1981, they got their first son, Prince William on the 21st of June in 1982. After two years, their second son, Prince Harry was born on the 15th of September in 1984.

Unfortunately, their marriage led to a divorce on the 28th of August in 1996. She was unhappy in her personal life and had some difficulties with the pressure of her public role. Although they got divorced, Princess Diana was still regarded as a member of the Royal Family and she continued to live in the Kensington Palace. She continued to do work for numerous charities after her divorce. Besides that, Prince Charles and Princess Diana shared custody over their two sons, Prince William and Prince Harry.

Diana’s Death

Tragically, Diana passed away on the 31st of August in 1997 at the young age of 36 in the Salpêtrière Hospital in Paris after a car accident. Leaving behind two sons of the ages of 15 and 12 at the time of her death. She sat in the car with her boyfriend, Dodi Al-Fayed, their driver, Henri Paul, and their bodyguard, Trevor Rees-Jones. Trevor was the only one who survived the accident. The accident was caused due to the fact that the driver had drunk too much alcohol and lost control over the vehicle when he tried to escape the pursuing paparazzi at a high speed. The tragedy took place in a tunnel near Pont de L’Alma in Paris. There are a lot of conspiracy theories about her death, yet none of them have been proven.

Tunnel where accident princess Diana took place

The tunnel where the car accident took place in Paris. 

Who wears the ring now?

At first, Prince Harry inherited the sapphire engagement ring and Prince William inherited the Cartier watch, Diana got for her 21st birthday. I see you thinking, didn’t Prince William propose to Kat with the sapphire engagement ring? Yes, he did. Prince Harry gave up his mother’s ring to Prince William so that he could propose to Kate. Isn’t that sweet?

Kate had the ring resized because she had lost weight right before the wedding, they resized the ring by placing small platinum beads inside the ring’s band.

Kate Middleton wearing the princess Diana ring

Kate Middleton wearing the blue sapphire engagement ring from Princess Diana. Bron: Pinterest

Want to buy one yourself?

If you fell in love with this ring as much as I did, you can take a look at our assortment and buy a variant of the Princess Diana Ring. The ring similar to Diana’s engagement ring in our assortment is The Royal Blue! Feel free to contact one of our diamond consultants and they will help you find the perfect ring, suited for your budget.

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