Kate Middleton: why was she forced to transform her engagement ring, Lady Di’s former jewel?

It is one of the most famous engagement rings in the world. On February 24, 1981, Buckingham Palace announced the engagement of Prince Charles and Lady Diana. In a highly publicized interview that has become cult, the future Princess of Wales then unveiled her engagement ring, a sulphurous jewel consisting of a 12-carat oval sapphire set with 14 diamonds, all on an 18-carat white gold ring . Since then, the ring has changed fingers. On November 16, 2010, Prince Charles announced to the world the engagement of his son, Prince William, with Kate Middleton. The young heir then revealed to have offered his fiancée his mother’s ring, in order to “ensure that she is present”.

But if the Duchess of Cambridge has the honor of wearing Lady Diana’s famous jewel, she still allowed herself some modifications. According to information from the Daily Mirror, the ring offered by William was “too big” and “turned around his finger”. Terrified of losing it, Kate turned to royal jewelers G Collins and Sons to shrink it. “A bride’s worst nightmare is looking down and realizing that her ring has fallen off. It’s even worse when you marry the future king of England,” a source told The Sun.

Platinum beads added to the ring

Due to the symbolic nature of the jewel, its structure has not been altered. Also according to the Mirror, platinum beads have been added to the inside of the ring so that it is Kate’s size without needing to be cut. Since then, the ring has not left the ring finger of the Duchess of Cambridge, who married Prince William on April 29, 2011. She wears it daily on the same finger as her wedding ring, a ring made of yellow Welsh gold.

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