Published on November 28th, 2017 | by Michelle Roper-Shaw
A Royal Engagement
The announcement yesterday of the engagement of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle gave another reason for celebration in the Royal household.
This happy news comes just a week since The Queen and Prince Philip marked their Royal Wedding Platinum Anniversary. In an interview, yesterday, the couple revealed the proposal was made over a roast chicken supper, and yes, Prince Harry went down on one knee.
Whilst a date for the Royal Wedding has not yet been announced, speculation is rife that it will be sometime in the Spring 2018.
The History of Royal Engagement Rings
Prince Harry is reported to have spent six months secretly designing the stunning engagement ring for Meghan. He is not the first man in the Royal family to have done this. In fact, personally having a hand in the engagement ring design is something of a tradition for grooms-to-be in the House of Windsor.
To this day, The Queen still wears her engagement ring which was designed by Prince Philip. It incorporates diamonds form a tiara that belonged to his mother, Princess Alice of Battenberg. Other diamonds from the tiara were made into a beautiful bracelet which Prince Philip gave to Princess Elizabeth as a wedding present. In recent times, the Duchess of Cambridge has been seen wearing the bracelet at official functions.
Whilst Prince Charles did not personally design the sapphire and diamond ring he gave Lady Diana Spencer, its design did have sentimental value. It reminded the Prince of Wales of a brooch his mother inherited from Queen Victoria.
The 12-carat sapphire is surrounded by fourteen solitaire diamonds set in white gold. When Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton in 2010, it was his late mother’s engagement ring that he presented to her.
Meghan Markle’s ring was made by the royal court jewellers, Cleave and Company. The central stone is a diamond from Botswana. Prince Harry has special links with this country which he has visited on many occasions. The two diamonds on either side of the central stone are from the collection of Prince Harry’ late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.
Royal Collectibles at the Post Office Shop
You can celebrate wide collection of royal anniversaries, births and milestones at the Post Office Shop. Take a look at the Royalty range of collectibles including coins, stamp covers and presentation packs.
Included in this collection is this stunning The Queen’s Royal Portraits Framed Print and 6 Special Stamps Set. The Her Majesty’s portrait at the centre piece of this picture is the first ever commissioned by the Royal Mail. It would make a great Christmas gift for any fan of the Royal family and is available with next working day delivery.