It is a love story that all of England know. Queen Elizabeth II, who was then Princess of England, and Philip Mountbatten, met in 1939. When was only an 18-year-old Royal Navy cadet and an elderly teenager 13-year-old both fell in love. Six years later, in 1946, Prince Philip proposed to his beautiful, who was said to have accepted without even telling her father, King George VI. Despite the opinions of their respective families which were not particularly favorable, the two lovebirds were married on November 20, 1947, at Westminster Abbey.
For what was certainly the happiest day of her life, the young Elizabeth made her entry into her father’s arm, wearing a wedding dress imagined by the couturier Norman Hartnell, matched with a silk train of more than four meters, entirely embroidered with flowers. Since that day, Queen Elizabeth II has worn a ring made of Welsh gold, as tradition dictates, in a simple style, and similar to those of Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle. Only this famous ring has a secret … since it has a mysterious inscription inside.
A mysterious phrase
In her recent book Prince Philip: A Portrait of the Duke of Edinburgh, royalty expert Ingrid Seward explained that the Queen of England “never takes her ring off”. And to continue: “Inside is an inscription. Nobody knows what is written, apart from the engraver, the queen and her husband.” Additionally, Queen Elizabeth II’s wedding ring has significant meaning, as it is made from a tiara that belonged to Prince Philip’s mother, Princess Alice of Battenberg, as reported by the Mirror.
The history of the engagement ring
For the record, Princess Alice of Battenberg then decided to offer her son Prince Philip a tiara, so that the future groom can use it to make a unique ring in the world, composed of a solitaire of 3 carats and flanked by 5 smaller diamonds on each side. So Prince Philip appealed to the London jeweler Philip Antrobus Ltd., who turned the tiara into an engagement ring, As for the remaining diamonds, they turned into a bracelet, which Prince Philip gave to his wife, as a wedding gift. If we take the story even further, the royal tiara is a wedding gift given to Alice of Battenberg and Andrew of Greece and Denmark, in October 1903, by the last Emperor of Russia Nicholas II and his wife the Empress Alexandra of Russia.
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