Facts behind Princess Diana and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge Engagement Ring

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Has The Crown revealed the TRUTH behind Kate Middleton and Diana’s engagement ring?

KATE MIDDLETON and Princess Diana wore the same engagement ring, now a family heirloom. But, was the ring a gift from the Queen Mother? The Crown season two appeared to show the Queen Mother wearing the same ring – despite claims Diana’s ring was bought from Garrard.

Princess Diana’s engagement ring was given to Kate Middleton by Prince William when he proposed.

Kate Middleton and other female members of the royal family don't remove their coats in public Photo (C) GETTY
Kate Middleton and other female members of the royal family don’t remove their coats in public Photo (C) GETTY

The ring is a stunning blue sapphire surrounded by sparkling diamond on a band of gold and has become one of the most iconic pieces of royal jewellery.

Now a scene from Netflix royal drama The Crown has caused suspicion that the ring may have been handed down from the Queen Mother.

One scene shows the Queen Mother wearing a strikingly similar ring. However, Princess Diana’s engagement ring was said to be bought from Garrard of Mayfair, and was selected from a catalogue, so how is this possible?

In the sixth episode of the second season of the crown, the Queen Mother is seen in discussion with her husband Prince George and Winston Churchill.

The Queen Mother, played by Victoria Hamilton, puts her hands on the shoulders of her husband, played by Jared Harris.

Kate was all smiles as she visited a start-up today Photo (C) PA
Kate was all smiles as she visited a start-up today Photo (C) PA

A shining square cut ring with a dark stone ringed by diamonds is seen on her left hand.

The sighting has caused a lot of confusion among viewers.

The ring shown in the episode of The Crown, though similar to Princess Diana and Kate Middleton’s, was actually given by George VI to his wife the Queen Mother, then known as Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon.

Also known as the Kashmir sapphire ring, the ring featured an enormous sapphire and a cluster of sparkling diamonds.

The beaming Royal has ended a busy day at a gallery event in Stockholm Photo (C) P A
The beaming Royal has ended a busy day at a gallery event in Stockholm Photo (C) P A

The ring was given to the Queen Mother as her first engagement ring, however, she later abandoned the ring for the enormous art deco diamond ring that Camilla Parker Bowles now wears.

The ring is also very similar to one in another sapphire set, which was bought at Carrington & Co. and was given to the Queen by her father as a wedding gift in 1947.

Is Kate Middleton and Diana’s engagement ring from the Queen Mother?

This set featured a necklace, earrings, brooch and ring with emerald cut sapphires set in gold.

Kate Middleton Stuns in Sweden as pregnant Duchess meets Swedish Primister with Prince William Photo (C) KENSINGTON ROYAL
Kate Middleton Stuns in Sweden as pregnant Duchess meets Swedish Primister with Prince William Photo (C) KENSINGTON ROYAL

The Queen has worn this ring on numerous occasions and it also looks very similar to Diana’s.

How much is Kate Middleton’s engagement ring worth now?

The ring was originally bought for Lady Diana Spencer in 1981, and cost an eye-watering £28,500.

This amount seems costly now, but taking into account inflation, which has averaged 3.7 per cent year on year according to the bank of England, the ring really lost the equivalent of £100,252.37.

Kate Middleton and Prince William are currently on Royal Tour in Sweden, where they spent the day playing Bandy Photo (C) GETTY
Kate Middleton and Prince William are currently on Royal Tour in Sweden, where they spent the day playing Bandy Photo (C) GETTY

How much is Meghan Markle’s engagement ring worth? The gem was made for actress Meghan Markle by Prince Harry with two diamond from Princess Diana’s private collection.

Sophie Lomax of 77Diamonds.com said: “Prince Harry has chosen a trilogy ring. He is said to have designed the ring and incorporated some of his mother Princess Diana’s diamonds in it, making it a jewel of inestimable value.”

Cheaper versions are already available on the British high street. Argos has a version for £33, while QVC is selling a version for only £22.50.

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - JANUARY 30: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge are greeted by King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, Queen Silvia of Sweden ahead of a lunch at the Royal Palace of Stockholm during day one of their Royal visit to Sweden on January 30, 2018 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Victoria Jones-Pool/Getty Images)
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – JANUARY 30: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge are greeted by King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, Queen Silvia of Sweden ahead of a lunch at the Royal Palace of Stockholm during day one of their Royal visit to Sweden on January 30, 2018 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Victoria Jones-Pool/Getty Images)

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