Prince Williamâ€™s engagement is the biggest news of the year, as is Kate Middleton’s ring! Check out the photos here and get the details on the sentiment behind it!
I am super thrilled! Prince Williamâ€™s engagement to Kate Middleton was announced today, after what seemed like the longest courtship in the history of the world.
But it certainly paid off. The Prince did his future Princess right and gave her his mother, Princess Dianaâ€™s, gorgeous engagement ring.
As you can see here in zoom view, the ring is stunning! It is an oval sapphire surrounded by 14 rounds of diamonds, and is set in 18k of white gold. Back in 1981, when Prince Charles proposed to Diana, it cost over $40,000. It is now considered priceless.
Also a juicy bit of information â€“ the ring was originally Prince Harryâ€™s ring. Back when the boys mother died, their father let them choose some of her possessions. Prince Harry chose the engagement ring, while Prince William chose the watch his mother taught him time with, an 18K yellow gold Cartier Tank Francaise watch. A source shed some light on how Prince William ended up with it,
â€śHarry was happy to give the ring to his brother. He loves William and thinks it’s only right that one day the woman sitting next to the King will be wearing his mother’s ring. That’s the way Diana would have wanted it.”
As Kate and William posed for their first official post-engagement announcement photos on Tuesday at the State Apartments of St. James Place in London, England, Prince William spoke about giving Kate the ring,
“Itâ€™s very special to me. As Kateâ€™s very special to me now, it was right to put the two together.â€ť
It was his way of having his mother share in the joyful news. So sweet!
Now of course rumors have already started on what Kateâ€™s wedding dress will look like and who will design it. You can see the leading polls here!
The happy couple is set to marry in Spring or summer of 2011.
Enjoy the pictures of Kate Middletonâ€™s engagement ring below, along with video of their first interview below where they talk details of the romantic engagemet. Please leave us your comments as well!