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The Ultimate Royal Engagement Ring Collection

Explore royal engagement rings past and present

Following the exciting news of Harry & Meghan’s engagement, and with another royal wedding to look forward to, we’ve dug deep into the archives to find out as much as we can about engagement rings belonging to members of the Royal Family from years gone by. From Alexandra of Denmark's acrostic inspired ring to Meghan’s jewel from Botswana, our unique collection includes everything you need to know about royal engagement rings past and present.

Click on the below boxes and you can see the design and value of each ring, as well as the fascinating stories behind each royal proposal. Some of these rings go back centuries, and each proposal has its own unique twist…

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Queen Victoria & Albert

Engagement Location:
Windsor Castle

Date of Engagement:
15/10/1839

Main Gem Stone:
Emerald, rubies and diamonds

Band Material:
Yellow gold, 18 karat

Designer/Jeweller:
Designed by Albert, jeweller unknown

Detail:
A gold serpent band set with rubies for the serpent’s eyes, diamonds for the mouth and tail and a large emerald adorns the head.

Estimated original value:
Unknown

Relationship status:
Together until Albert’s death on 14 December 1861

Relationship to the Queen:
Great Great Grandparents

Did you know?

Queen Victoria proposed to Albert. Queen Victoria loved her snake engagement ring that was designed especially for her by her beloved Prince Albert and it is believed that she was wearing it when she was buried. The snake was an ancient Roman symbol or eternal love and the emerald was Queen Victoria's birthstone.

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Alexandra of Denmark & Edward VII

Engagement Location:
Royal Palace of Laeken

Date of Engagement:
09/09/1862

Main Gem Stone:
Beryl, emerald, ruby, topaz and jacinth

Band Material:
Gold

Designer/Jeweller:
Garrard

Detail:
A Victorian acrostic style ring using multiple gems to spell out a word or message.

Estimated original value:
Unknown

Relationship status:
Together until Edward's death in 1910

Relationship to the Queen:
Great Grandparents

Did you know?

Acrostic jewellery uses the first letter of each gemstone set in the jewellery to spell out certain messages or terms of endearment.  During the Victorian era these were very popular and Alexandra’s ring spelled BERTIE which was the name that she affectionately called her husband.

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Mary of Teck & George V

Engagement Location:
In the garden of Sheen Lodge (George's sister Louise's home)

Date of Engagement:
3/5/1893

The ring:
Very little is known about the engagement ring of Queen Mary and it is unknown whether or not she actually received one from George. The ring shown here was a present from her father-in-law, King Edward VII, on their wedding day. The ring was later passed on to H.R.H. Princess Margaret

Most recent known value:
£57,600 at a Christie auction on 13 June 2006

Relationship status:
Together until George died in 1936

Relationship to the Queen:
Grandparents

Did you know?

This was not Mary’s first royal engagement. Mary was originally engaged to the heir to the British throne – Prince Albert Victor. However, after his premature death from pneumonia at the age of 28, she then became engaged to his younger brother (now heir to the throne), Prince George.

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Queen Mother & George V

Engagement Location:
As they walked through the winter woods of her father's home of St Paul's Walden Bury.

Date of Engagement:
13/01/1923

Main Gem Stone:
Sapphire

Band Material:
Platinum

Designer/Jeweller:
Mr Bert, jeweller of Vigo Street, London

Detail:
Large oval sapphire from Kashmir, flanked by 2 diamond baguettes.

Estimated original value:
Unknown

Relationship status:
Together until George's death in 1952

Relationship to the Queen:
Elizabeth - Mother

Did you know?

It apparently took George three attempts at proposing before Elizabeth eventually said yes, however in an interview shortly after their engagement, Elizabeth denied this fact.

 

In the 1950’s, she replaced her original engagement ring with a large pearl surrounded by diamonds.

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Wallis Simpson & Edward VIII

Engagement Location:
Wallis' home, London

Date of Engagement:
27/10/1936

Main Gem Stone:
Emerald, 19.77 carat

Band Material:
Gold

Designer/Jeweller:
Cartier

Detail:
A rectangular step-cut emerald sat within a stylised leaf border and set with 14 brilliant cut diamonds.

Estimated original value:
Unknown

Most recent known value:
£1,312,757 – sold at a Sotheby’s auction after her death in April, 1987.

Relationship status:
Remained together until Edward’s death in 1972.

Relationship to the Queen:
Edward - Uncle.

Did you know?

The emerald ring was engraved with the words: "We are ours now 27 X 36.", which is shorthand for the day Edward proposed (October 27, 1936).

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Queen Elizabeth II & Prince Phillip

Engagement Location:
Balmoral Castle

Date of Engagement:
10/07/1947

Main Gem Stone:
Diamond, 3 carat

Band Material:
Platinum

Designer/Jeweller:
Philip Antrobus Ltd.

Detail:
Square-cut diamond engagement ring with diamond side stones.

Estimated original value:
Unknown

Most recent known value:
£100,000

Relationship status:
Together

Did you know?

The ring’s diamonds came from the tiara belonging to Philip's mother, Princess Andrew of Greece.

 

Although Elizabeth and Philip got engaged in 1946, the engagement wasn't officially announced for almost a year, as the King was reluctant to give his daughter away at such a young age so believed a longer engagement would be prudent.

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Princess Margaret & Antony Armstrong-Jones

Engagement Location:
Windsor Castle

Date of Engagement:
26/02/1960

Main Gem Stone:
Ruby

Band Material:
Unknown

Designer/Jeweller:
Designed by Anthony, jeweller unknown.

Detail:
A ruby set in diamonds; created to look like a rosebud in honour the princess’ middle name, Rose.

Estimated original value:
Unknown

Relationship status:
Divorced in 1978

Relationship to the Queen:
Margaret - Sister

Did you know?

Princess Margaret and Anthony’s wedding was the first televised royal wedding in history, being watched by 20 million viewers.

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Princess Anne & Mark Phillips

Engagement Location:
Unknown

Date of Engagement:
29/05/1973

Main Gem Stone:
Sapphire

Band Material:
Unknown

Designer/Jeweller:
Garrard

Detail:
A sparkling sapphire flanked by two circular diamonds, each diamond was approximately 1 carat.

Estimated original value:
Unknown

Relationship status:
Announced their separation in 1989 and divorced in 1992

Relationship to the Queen:
Anne - Daughter

Did you know?

Their wedding was watched by an estimated global television audience of 500 million viewers. It was only the second time in more than 200 years that a royal had married a so-called ‘commoner’.

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Princess Diana & Prince Charles

Engagement Location:
Windsor Castle

Date of Engagement:
24/02/1981

Main Gem Stone:
Sapphire, 12 carat

Band Material:
White gold, 18 karat

Designer/Jeweller:
Garrard

Detail:
Ceylon sapphire, surrounded by 14 diamonds.

Estimated original value:
£28,500

Current estimated worth:
£300,000

Relationship status:
Announced their separation on 9th December 1992

Relationship to the Queen:
Charles - Son

Did you know?

The design was inspired by a sapphire and diamond brooch, presented to Queen Victoria by Prince Albert in 1840, on the day before their wedding. Unlike most royal engagement rings, Diana’s was not custom made and was instead chosen from a selection presented to her by the Royal Jeweller.

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Sarah Ferguson & Prince Andrew

Engagement Location:
Scotland Floors Castle

Date of Engagement:
19/02/1986

Main Gem Stone:
Ruby (Carat unknown but said to be smaller than the 12 carat Sapphire that Charles used to propose to Diana).

Band Material:
Yellow gold, 18 karat

Designer/Jeweller:
Garrard

Detail:
Oval cut, Burmese ruby surrounded by ten brilliant cut diamonds in a floral arrangement.

Estimated original value:
£25,000

Relationship status:
Split in 1996

Relationship to the Queen:
Andrew - Son

Did you know?

Prince Andrew proposed to Sarah on his 26th birthday and supposedly chose the ruby colour as a tribute to her fiery, red hair. Andrew’s bachelor party was rumoured to have been attended by Prince Charles, Billy Connolly, David Frost and Elton John.

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Serena Stanhope & David Armstrong-Jones

Engagement Location:
Les Jolies Eaux (Princess Margaret's villa), Mustique

Date of Engagement:
08/10/1993

Main Gem Stone:
Diamond

Band Material:
Gold

Designer/Jeweller:
Wartski

Detail:
A single, impressive diamond sat on a delicate gold band.

Estimated original value:
Unknown

Relationship status:
Together

Relationship to the Queen:
David – Nephew

Did you know?

At the time of the engagement, Serena worked in the public relations department of Giorgio Armani in London.

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Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones & Daniel Chatto

Engagement Location:
Unknown

Date of Engagement:
Unknown

Main Gem Stone:
Diamond

Band Material:
Assumed to be gold based on the style of ring

Designer/Jeweller:
Unknown

Detail: 19th century vintage style cluster ring

Estimated original value:
Unknown

Relationship status:
Together

Relationship to the Queen:
Sarah - Niece

Did you know?

Sarah and Daniel met on a film set in India in 1983, when Daniel had a small part for Heat and Dust. Sarah was helping out as an uncredited wardrobe assistant.

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Sophie Rhys-Jones & Prince Edward

Engagement Location:
Bahamas

Date of Engagement:
06/01/1999

Main Gem Stone:
Diamond, 2.05 carat

Band Material:
White gold, 18 karat

Designer/Jeweller:
Garrard

Detail:
An oval diamond sits in the centre of the band, flanked by two heart-shaped gemstones.

Estimated original value:
£105,000

Relationship status:
Together

Relationship to the Queen:
Edward - Son

Did you know?

This ring was rumoured to be the most expensive royal engagement ring ever purchased, however if the estimated values for Meghan’s ring are to be believed, then this may have just changed.

 

Sophie was also the first royal bride to work full-time at her own profession and continued to do so after the wedding.

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Camilla Parker Bowles & Prince Charles

Engagement Location:
Unknown

Date of Engagement:
10/02/2005

Main Gem Stone:
Diamond, 8 carat

Band Material:
Platinum

Designer/Jeweller:
Unknown (Family Heirloom)

Detail:
Art deco style ring with a distinctive emerald cut diamond, flanked on each side by three diamond baguettes.

Estimated original value:
£100,000

Relationship status:
Together

Relationship to the Queen:
Charles - Son

Did you know?

The exact origin of the ring is unclear, but it’s rumoured to have been a gift to the Queen Mother from George VI to mark the birth of their daughter, Queen Elizabeth II, in 1926.

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Autumn Kelly & Peter Phillips

Engagement Location:
On a dog walk near their home

Date of Engagement:
28/07/2007

Main Gem Stone:
Diamond

Band Material:
White gold

Designer/Jeweller:
Unknown

Detail:
A large single diamond sits flanked by two smaller diamonds, all three are set on a white gold band.

Estimated original value:
£80,000

Relationship status:
Together

Relationship to the Queen:
Peter - Grandson

Did you know?

Peter had planned to ask Autumn to marry him during a romantic champagne balloon ride that he had arranged, but the flight had to be cancelled due to poor weather conditions on the day.

 

When they got married, their wedding caused controversy, as they sold their photos to Hello magazine for £500k.

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Kate Middleton & Prince William

Engagement Location:
Kenya

Date of Engagement:
16/11/2010

Main Gem Stone:
Sapphire, 12 carat

Band Material:
White gold, 18 carat

Designer/Jeweller:
Garrard

Detail:
A large oval sapphire from Sri Lanka, surrounded by 14 individual diamonds.

Estimated original value:
£28,500

Most recent known value:
£300,000

Relationship status:
Together

Relationship to the Queen:
William - Grandson

Did you know?

When Diana passed away both William and Harry were taken to choose an item of her jewellery as a keepsake. Harry originally chose the ring whilst William selected his mother’s Cartier watch, but when William decided to propose to Kate, the brothers swapped keepsakes. On why he chose to use his mother’s ring William said "This was my way of keeping her close to it all".

 

If William becomes King, Kate will become Queen Catherine Elizabeth – making her the first Queen in British history to have a university education.

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Zara Phillips & Mike Tindall

Engagement Location:
At home

Date of Engagement:
21/12/2010

Main Gem Stone:
Diamond

Band Material:
Platinum

Designer/Jeweller:
Designed by Mike, jeweller unknown

Detail:
A single solitaire diamond sits at the centre of a split shank which is set with a pave of sparkling diamonds.

Estimated original value:
Unknown

Relationship status:
Together

Relationship to the Queen:
Zara - Granddaughter

Did you know?

Mike popped the question while he and Zara watched a film on the sofa, just a few days before Christmas in 2010.

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Meghan Markle & Prince Harry

Engagement Location:
At home in their cottage in Kensington (whilst cooking a roast chicken).

Date of Engagement:
Early November 2017, official announcement made 27/11/17

Main Gem Stone:
Diamond

Band Material:
Yellow gold, 18 karat

Designer/Jeweller:
Designed by Harry, created by Cleave & Co.

Detail:
Made from 3 stones – 1 large diamond sourced from Botswana where the couple holidayed together and 2 stones from Princess Diana’s personal jewellery collection.

Estimated original value:
Between £150,000 and £400,000 (which would make it the most expensive royal engagement ring ever).

Relationship to the Queen:
Harry - Grandson

Did you know?

Harry chose to use diamonds belonging to his mother “to make sure that she’s with us on this crazy journey”.

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Princess Eugenie & Jack Brooksbank

Engagement Location:
Nicaragua

Date of Engagement:
January 2018

Main Gem Stone:
Sapphire

Band Material:
Yellow Gold

Designer/Jeweller:
Designed by the couple together, jeweller unknown.

Detail:
The main stone is an oval cut Padparadscha sapphire, which are predominantly found in Sri Lanka, and is surrounded with 10 brilliant cut diamonds and two pear cut diamonds at the band.

Estimated original value:
£100,000

Relationship status:
Together

Relationship to the Queen:
Eugenie - Granddaughter

Did you know?

Jack did not have a ring for Eugenie at the time of the proposal, instead choosing to design it together after the event. On the decision to go with the incredibly rare Padparadscha sapphire, Jack said he chose it as it reminds him of his fiancé: “It changes colour when it hits certain lights, much like Eugenie".

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