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A Brief Guide To Kate Middleton's Rings

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From her first gift from William to the citrine she debuted at the royal wedding...

A major perk of being the Queen’s granddaughter-in-law is that Kate Middleton has an unrivalled archive of jewellery from which to choose when dressing for royal events, including everything from iconic tiaras to priceless rings to gem-encrusted earrings. Since her wedding day, when she famously borrowed the Cartier Halo tiara from Her Majesty’s enviable collection, the Duchess of Cambridge has loaned a number of striking pieces from the royal vault, whether that’s the Cambridge Lover’s Knot tiara (a favourite of Princess Diana), the Queen’s pearl earrings or a diamond bracelet, given to the then-Princess Elizabeth by her fiancé upon their engagement. Well, you would, wouldn't you?

When it comes to her rings however, the Duchess tends to keep things more low-key, sticking with a handful of pieces with sentimental value. First - and most famously - there's that engagement ring: the 12-carat sapphire that was famously first given to Kate's late mother-in-law, Diana, upon her engagement to Prince Charles. Created by Garrard & Co back in 1981, it is thought to have cost around £28,000, and was initially referred to in the press as the 'commoner's sapphire,' a slightly barbed reference to the fact that the ring was not a bespoke design (and thus, one that any old 'commoner' could potentially pick up at the jewellers). Since then, it has become one of the most iconic rings in the world. Before popping the question to his future wife, Prince William carried the priceless heirloom around in a rucksack on a safari trip to Kenya, waiting for the right moment; after the proposal, the ring was tightened slightly, taken down from an 'I' size to an 'H' to better fit on Kate's finger, by placing tiny platinum beads on the inside of the band.

The sapphire ring is one of a trio that Kate typically wears day to day, along with her wedding band (wrought from a special nugget of Welsh gold, in accordance with royal tradition) and the ‘secret’ third ring that might have escaped your notice. As for the other pieces stashed in her jewellery box? From the gifts she received from Prince William in the early days of their relationship to the citrine gem that made an unexpected reappearance at Harry and Meghan's wedding, these are the Duchess's favourites...