Hidden meaning behind Princess Kate’s gorgeous £390k engagement ring

Princess Kate proudly showed off her engagement ring

The Princess of Wales’s engagement to Prince William was announced exactly 13 years ago today, November 16.

At the time the pair had been dating for around eight years and had been repeatedly hounded with speculation over whether William was about to pop the question.

William proposed to his future wife whilst they were holidaying in Kenya with his late mother Princess Diana’s diamond and sapphire engagement ring.

Diana had previously picked out the jewellery piece from Garrard ahead of her engagement to the then-Prince Charles in 1981.

Even after 40 years, the ring still appears to be one of the most recognisable royal engagement rings in the world.

At the time of Diana and Charles’s engagement, the ring cost approximately £28,500.

In line with the Bank of England’s inflation calculator, the ring would now have an estimated worth of £102,501.

Some reports have even suggested that it could now be worth up to a staggering £390,000.

Aside from this, the prestige of sapphires used appear to hold a symbolic meaning – even having an impressive history to go alongside it.

A close-up of Princess Kate's engagement ring

According to Justin Daughters of Berganza, “Some of the most notable stones were found in Ceylon, Burma and Kashmir back in the 14th Centure.

“Kashmir sapphires, famed for the superiority of their colour and velvety appearance, continue to be a truly sought after rarity.”

He added: “Sapphires were once believed to protect wearers from the effects of poison – including snake bites – they’re now more commonly associated with sincerity, truth and faithfulness.”

The couple’s engagement seemingly didn’t come as a shock to many royal fans, but Kate has previously admitted that it was a “total shock” to her.

kate and william out and about earlier this year

Kate and William have been married now for 12 years (Image: PA)

Speaking previously of the moment that William got down on one knew, Kate reflected on the time as “very romantic”, although she did also admit that the pair had spoken about marriage a lot leading up to the proposal.

After the announcement of their engagement, the couple wed the following April at Westminster Abbey in London.

Kate and William, now known as the Prince and Princess of Wales, now live in Windsor with their three children – Prince George, 10, Princess Charlotte, eight, and five-year-old Prince Louis.

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