Why Kate Middleton altered Princess Dianas engagement ring

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Princess Diana’s engagement ring is perhaps one of the most iconic engagement rings of recent royal history. The ring features a 12-carat oval blue Ceylon sapphire which is surrounded by 14 diamonds. The eye-catching ring now belongs to Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, after Prince William proposed to her with the ring in 2010.

Prince Charles and Princess Diana got engaged in early 1981, and she chose her engagement ring from then-crown jeweller Garrard.

Diana made some alterations to the ring to make sure the enormous gemstone was secured.

But the ring also received another alteration when it came into the ownership of the Duchess of Cambridge.

Paul Hird, head of luxury auctions at John Pye Luxury, told Express.co.uk: “After her passing, Princess Diana’s jewellery was left to her sons, as requested by their mother, but made clear that her rings would hopefully one day belong to her future daughters-in-law.

“To guarantee the safety of the ring further, Diana had modified the ring and had extra prongs fitted to secure the 12-carat oval blue sapphire which sat amongst 14 solitaire diamonds and set in 18K white gold.

“This was the last of the modifications to the ring, until the Duchess Of Cambridge had it resized to fit her size I finger, from Diana’s size H.”

Prince William said his mother’s engagement ring was “very special” to him when his engagement to Kate was announced.

He said: “It’s my way of making sure my mother didn’t miss out on today and the excitement and the fact we are going to spend the rest of our lives together.”

William proposed to Kate in Kenya while the couple were on holiday, and William said he had been carrying the ring around in his rucksack for several weeks before proposing.

He said: “Everywhere I went I was keeping hold of it because I knew this thing, if it disappeared I would be in a lot of trouble and because I’d planned it, it went fine.”

With its incredible sentimental value, the Royal Family will likely keep the engagement ring for generations to come.

But if the ring was ever sold, it is now thought to be worth a staggering six-figure sum.

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Mr Hird added: “Kate Middleton’s engagement ring has possibly the most history and heritage out of all the royal engagement rings.

“Designed by Garrard & Co, the ring was originally part of a collection made for Diana to choose from, as requested by Prince Charles.

“At the time, the ring was valued around £28,000 to £47,000 and has since increased in value to an estimated £390,000 – already making it the most expensive of all the royal engagement rings.

“But due to the ring’s history, the ring is considered almost priceless.”

Kate’s engagement ring is not the only royal ring with links to Princess Diana.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagement in 2017.

Harry sourced a diamond from Botswana for the ring which is flanked by two diamonds from his late mother’s jewellery collection.

The ring was later altered to include a thin yellow band with paved set diamonds.

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