But there are often straightforward possible reasons why the royals may take off their engagement rings from time to time, such as pregnancy swelling, sporting events or just favouring a different gem for a specific outfit. Diamond expert, Maxwell Stone said: “With the exception of Queen Letizia, who hasn’t been seen with her sophisticated engagement ring since 2012, it’s incredibly rare to see one of the royal ladies without their precious gem.
“A keen sportswoman, Kate Middleton has an active lifestyle, so it’s a shame that she has to remove her gorgeous sapphire to participate in events – though sapphires are an extremely durable gemstone, Kate’s boasts both sentimental and monetary value, so she wouldn’t want to risk damaging it.
“Mike Tindall actually considered this when he designed Zara Tindall’s engagement ring – ensuring that it had a low profile setting so she wouldn’t have to remove it when she competed in sporting events.”
Express.co.uk has collated pictures of when royal women notably stepped out without their stunning engagement rings.
Kate Middleton, 2022
While attending the 2022 Commonwealth Games this month, Kate ditched her sapphire engagement ring and her slim diamond eternity band in favour of just her gold wedding ring.
Sophie, Countess of Wessex, 2020
Sophie Wessex was frequently pictured not wearing her engagement ring in 2020, and it was thought this was due to the need to frequently sanitise and hand-wash during the Covid pandemic.
Queen Letizia of Spain, 2020
Queen Letizia of Spain debuted a stunning baguette diamond band from her husband King Felipe when their engagement was announced in 2003. But the royal tends to forego the band now in favour of trendier pieces or no ring at all.
Princess Charlene of Monaco, 2020
Sometimes Princess Charlene of Monaco has been pictured without her stunning diamond engagement ring, but at one event in 2020, Charlene swapped out her sparkler for a pretty pearl ring instead.
Meghan Markle, 2019
Just a few weeks before Meghan Markle welcomed her first child Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, the Duchess was spotted without her engagement ring while out at a Commonwealth Day engagement. Most of the time Meghan is pictured wearing her trilogy diamond ring alongside her wedding band.
Queen Mathilde of Belgium, 2017
Queen Mathilde of Belgium debuted a ruby engagement ring in 1999 when her engagement to King Philippe was announced, but a lot of the time now she wears the sapphire ring she was thought to have received as a 10th wedding anniversary present.
Princess Diana, 1982
Princess Diana went without her engagement ring on a few occasions in 1982 while she was expecting her first child, Prince William.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK