ROYAL ENGAGEMENT RINGS


The eye-popping engagement rings of the European royals. Their choices of stones and designs reflect tradition and opulence.

CABOCHON-CUT SAPPHIRE AND HEART-SHAPED DIAMOND


When Crown Prince Pavlos proposed to American heiress, Marie Chantal, eldest daughter of billionaire and Duty Free mogul, Robert Miller, in 1995, he gave her a rare cabochon-cut sapphire and heart-shaped diamond ring. Prince Pavlos is the eldest son of Constantine II, the deposed King of Greece and Princess Ana Marie of Denmark. Pavlos and Marie Chantal, a children clothing designer, married on July 1, 1995 at St. Sophia’s cathedral, London, England.
  Marie Chantal Miller and Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece on their wedding day, July 1, 1995. The Prince presented Miller an elegant Cabochon-cut Sapphire diamond ring during the announcement of their engagement. Photo from www.brideuniverse.com

DIAMOND SOLITAIRE WITH WHITE GOLD

The official engagement of Princess Victoria, the future Queen of Sweden, to gym-owner Daniel Westling was announced by the Swedish palace spokesman on April 2009. Westling gave his fiancée a simple solitary round diamond band with a white gold on it. Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling wed on June 19, 2010 at Stockholm, Sweden.

 Princess Victoria of Sweden showing her diamond solitaire engagement ring. Photo from www.hellomagazine.com

DIAMOND RING WITH WHITE GOLD TRIM

Pavlos' first cousin, the Prince of Asturias, Prince Felipe, only son of King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain, gave his future bride, Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano in 2003 with a 16 baguette diamond ring set in a white gold trim.
Prince Felipe and Letizia Ortiz. Photo from www.royaldish.com

EMERALD-CUT DIAMOND WITH RUBIES

Pavlos and Felipe's first cousin, Prince Frederick of Denmark proposed to his Australian girlfriend, Mary Donaldson, a former marketing executive, in 2003. He gave his future bride a gorgeous ring of emerald-cut diamond surrounded with two ruby baguettes.
 Mary Donaldson and Prince Frederick posed during the announcement of their official engagement. Photo from www.pricescope.com

OVAL-SHAPED BLUE SAPPHIRE WITH 18 DIAMONDS

When Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, proposed marriage to Lady Diana Spencer in February 1981, he presented his future bride with a fabulous engagement ring from Garrads, an 18-carat oval-shaped blue sapphire surrounded with 15 brilliant-cut diamonds, valued at $50,000.00 that time.

It was reported that Lady Diana personally picked the ring when the crown jeweler brought several stones in her presence, the 19-year-old Diana giggled when she saw the eye-catching large stone and exclaimed “I love it!”

She wore this ring everyday of her life even after her divorce to the Prince of Wales in 1996. The ring attached a sentimental value that when Diana’s eldest son, Prince William (who revealed how much he missed his mother everyday), proposed to Kate Middleton in October 2010 at Kenya, Africa, he decided to give her the engagement ring which is very precious to his mother to make sure Diana would not be missed out on the important occasion of his life.

 Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer in February 1981. Prince William and Kate Middleton in November 2010 showing the same engagement ring.
The ring is very precious to the late Princess of Wales, Diana, who personally chose it among the array of precious stones when crown jeweler, Garrads, brought several designs to Buckingham Palace in 1981. The Princess wore it everyday of her life.

PLATINUM-SET OVAL ORANGE DIAMOND

The Dutch throne announced the official engagement of Queen Beatrix’s heir, Prince Wilhelm-Alexander, to Argentinian investment banker, Maxima Zorreguieta Cerruti on March 30, 2001. He presented his future bride with a unique platinum-set ring which has an oval orange diamond on its center flanked by two emerald-cut diamond encrusted with sparkling gems.

 Prince Alexander and Maxima Zorreguietta with a platinum-set oval diamond engagement ring.

PEAR-SHAPED DIAMOND RING


The sovereign Prince of Monaco, Albert II, will finally embark into married life. At 52, the Prince maybe the oldest royal bachelor in the present-day European monarchy. The royal palace of Monaco announced the official engagement of the Prince on June 26, 2010. He gave her an exquisite pear-shaped ring with round brilliant-cut diamonds set in a unique gray gold. This ring is reportedly created by Parisian jeweler, Maison Repossi.
Prince Albert II of Monaco and Charlene Wittstock posed for photographers. The pair will get married on the summer of 2010 says the palace insider.

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