Both Sophie, Countess of Wessex, and Meghan Markle have engagement rings they will proudly show off. The royals may have married their partners many years apart, but their rings could have something in common.
She told Express.co.uk: “The Countess of Wessex’s engagement ring given to her by Prince Edward and created by Garrard, appears to feature a large two carat oval diamond, complemented by two 0.4 carat trillion shaped diamonds on either side, set on a white gold band.
“If purchasing this specification of ring at many other Mayfair jewellers, it would be priced in the region of £35,000.”
Garrard was the go-to choice for creating royal rings for many years.
The jeweller also designed the famous sapphire and diamond engagement ring given to Princess Diana and more recently seen on Kate Middleton.
Meghan Markle became part of the family nearly 20 years later when she married Prince Harry.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex wed at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018.
Just six months before, royal fans got the first look of Meghan’s custom engagement ring.
The mother-of-one wears a trilogy ring which consists of a diamond from Botswana and a jewel from Diana’s collection.
The expert continued: “This style of [Sophie’s] engagement ring is known as a trilogy ring.
“Traditionally the three central diamonds are said to represent the couple’s past, present and future, making it a very romantic and meaningful choice of design.
“Meghan Markle’s engagement ring, given to her by Prince Harry, is made up of a central round brilliant diamond and flanked by cushion cut diamonds.
“It has helped to revive the desire for the trilogy look. The growing popularity of the trilogy engagement ring was a distinctly growing trend for 2020 and I believe it will continue to be a popular choice in 2021.”
The royal line of succession – who outranks who?
The line of succession to the British throne dictates the order in which each member of the Royal Family would ascend to the throne.
It is also seen as a ranking of importance with the head of the line, the Queen, taking the place of ruler.
Older children come before younger children. Traditionally boys came before girls, but this law was changed on 26 March 2015 before the birth of Prince William’s first child.
Incredibly, Catholics are still excluded from the line of succession, as are children born outside of wedlock.
The royals, who usually stick to a strict protocol when appearing in public, often arrive at events in ascending order of importance, with the most important royal arriving last.
Prince Charles, 72, is currently first-in-line to the British throne, followed by Prince William, 38, his oldest son.
Then comes Prince William’s children, George, seven, Charlotte, five, and Louis, two, and they are followed by Prince Harry, 36. Prince Harry is succeeded by his son Archie Harrison, born in May 2019.