British Royal Engagement Rings Throughout History
The Queen Mother
The Duke of York gave Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (Queen Mother) a sapphire ring. it had diamond accents and was complemented by a Welsh gold wedding band. she eventually decided to swap out her engagement ring for a large pearl surrounded by diamonds.
The Duchess of Windsor, Wallis Simpson
Edward VIII abdicated the throne to marry Wallis Simpson, he present her with a 19.77-carat emerald ring. The inside of the ring was inscribed with the words: “We are ours now 27 x 36.” The numbers are shorthand for the date he proposed, October 27, 1936.
Queen Elizabeth II
The diamonds on Queen Elizabeth II’s engagement ring came from a tiara that belong to Prince Philip’s mother, Princess Andrew of Greece. Prince Philip designed the square-cut diamond engagement ring with diamond side stones and had it set in platinum.
Princess Margaret received a ruby engagement ring that was designed by her future husband, photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones. The ruby surrounded by diamonds on the ring was created to look like a rosebud in honor of the princess’s middle name: Rose.
Mark Phillips proposed to Princess Anne with a classic sapphire set between two diamonds. princess anne also received a sapphire ring from her second husband, Timothy Laurence—but it was more bohemian in style.
The Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson
In 1986, Prince Andrew proposed to Sarah Ferguson with an oval-cut Burmese ruby from Garrard.
Sophie Rhys Jones, Countess of Wessex
Prince Edward proposed sophie with 2-carat oval diamond surrounded by two smaller heart-shaped gems from Garrard. it was valued at around $150,000.
In 1981, Prince Charles proposed diana with a selection from Garrard. diana choose an Ceylon sapphire stone surrounded by diamonds set in white gold.
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