Published On: Sun, Aug 25th, 2019

Kate Middleton ring: How Princess Diana’s ring choice sparked mockery within Royal Family | Royal | News

Prince William proposed to then-named Kate Middleton on a mountaintop in Kenya in 2010. On April 29, 2011, the couple married in London’s Westminster Abbey as the world watched. The Duke and Duchess have three gorgeous children – George, six, Charlotte, four, and Louis, one.

Long before Prince William had the chance to offer the ring to his future bride, it belonged to his mother, the late Princess Diana.

While the exquisite sapphire and diamond ring has inspired thousands of engagement ring designs since, it wasn’t always looked upon fondly.

At the time of Diana’s engagement to Prince Charles in 1981, the ring had received the nasty nickname of ‘the commoner’s ring’.

Diana herself wasn’t a ‘commoner’ (like Kate and Meghan Markle were before marrying into royalty), a term which refers to members of the public who are not within the aristocracy.

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She was actually born Lady Diana Spencer, a blue blood aristocrat through and through.

So why was the ring branded ‘common’?

The reason comes down to the fact Diana picked the ring from a catalogue, which any ‘commoner’ could have done.

Prince Charles didn’t propose to Diana, who was just 19 at the time, with a ring, but allowed his future bride time to browse for which sort of ring she’d like.

She spotted the sapphire ring, amongst a few others, in a Garrard catalogue.

Charles then had all the rings she’d shown interest in brought to the palace and she settled on her favourite.

But some in royal circles were displeased the wife of the future King of England had picked a ring from a catalogue – one which cost Charles ‘just’ £28,000.

At the time, it was unheard of for a royal to flaunt jewellery that was accessible to the general public.

Most royals have their wedding rings custom made, so that they are extra special and one of a kind.

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However, the ring was good enough for Diana, and good enough for Kate, too.

While Prince Harry originally inherited the ring, he passed it over to William when his brother revealed he wanted to propose.

Prince William reportedly took the ring from the safe in Kensington Palace and carried the ring with him in his backpack for three weeks before he popped the question to Kate on Mount Kenya.

He later told ITV: “It’s my mother’s engagement ring, and it’s very special to me, as Kate is very special to me now as well.

“It was only right the two were put together. It was my way of making sure mother didn’t miss out on today and the excitement.”

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