Royal wedding 2019: Engagement rings of royals – Meghan Markle, Princess

, the daughter of the Prince and Princess Michael of Kent will soon tie the knot with Thomas Kingston at St Georges’ Chapel, Windsor Castle. Like and , who were both married at the regal venue last year, the 51st in line to the throne has a gleaming engagement ring. While many engaged women often boast spectacular stones on their fingers, members of the Royal Family have huge heritage attached to their rings. Many of the exquisite designs worn by monarchs of the past have been passed down the family line meaning they are steeped in sentimental value.

Here are some of some of the engagement rings worn by engaged royals over the years.

Meghan Markle

The Duchess of Sussex’s ring, designed by Prince Harry, is a stunning trilogy ring set with three diamonds.

Harry chose the traditional stone as it is Meghan’s favourite.

The central and largest diamond comes from Botswana where the couple have holidayed together in the past.

Flanking the largest stone are two smaller diamonds belonging to the private jewellery collection of Princess Diana.

Princess Eugenie

Princess Eugenie’s ring features a padparadscha sapphire, one of the rarest sapphires in the world.

The oval, pink design is surrounded by diamonds and set on a ring made of Welsh gold, said to be a gift from the Queen.

The ring bears a striking resemblance to that of Eugenie’s mother Sarah Ferguson’s when she became engaged to Prince Andrew in 1986.

Sarah Ferguson

The Duchess of York’s engagement ring had a similar flower-esque quality with a Burmese ruby surrounded by diamonds, designed by Prince Andrew.

In a televised interview following their engagement, Prince Andrew was asked how he came about the ring.

The Duke of York replied: “Ah, well very fortunately I didn’t have to go out and buy it.”

Andrew said he was visited by “some very nice engineers” before admitting he did not know the proper name for “jewellery engineers” to which Sarah laughs “jewellers”.

Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge

Kate famously received Princess Diana’s engagement ring from Prince William in a touching nod to his late mother.

The blue oval Ceylon 12-carat sapphire is encrusted with 14 solitaire diamonds.

The Duke of Cambridge later said in an engagement interview: “It was my way of making sure mother didn’t miss out on today and the excitement and the fact that we’re going to spend the rest of our lives together.”

William famously carried the jewel around in his pocket for three weeks while on holiday with Kate in Kenya before proposing.

Queen Elizabeth

The Queen’s square-cut diamond engagement ring was made for her more than 70 years ago by Prince Philip.

The three-carat diamonds were relatively understated for the time with the Queen said to be opting for a modern design.

Philip chose the stone from a tiara belonging to his mother but choose not to go for the largest design.

Jewellery expert Charlie revealed on ITV programme A Very Royal Wedding the reason why.

He said: “Bearing in mind the time just after the war there was a necessity and propriety in what should be an everyday ring and I’m sure that had an effect on the decisions.”

Princess Diana

When the then newly-engaged Lady Diana Spencer was seen with her engagement ring in 1981, it became known she had broken royal protocol by choosing her design from a Garrad catalogue.

This was unusual because it meant her style choice could essentially be bought an worn by other members of the public.

Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall

Camilla got engaged to Prince Charles in February 2005.

Her five-carat diamond 1920s ring once belonged to the Queen Mother and Prince Charles’ grandmother.

The central square-cut diamond is ringed by six diamond baguettes.

Zara Phillips

Mike Tindall gave Princess Anne’s daughter Zara a single solitaire diamond ring set on a platinum band encrusted with small set diamonds.