These Are the Most Iconic Royal Engagement Rings, Including Meghan Markle’s

Meghan Markle‘s ring wasn’t the first royal engagement ring the world was obsessed with. Before there was Markle there were Kate Middleton and Grace Kelly paving the way for fairy tale royal love stories. Read on for a look at the most iconic royal engagement rings of all time.

1. Meghan Markle

Meghan Markle arrives to a walkabout at Cardiff Castle

Her ring caused quite a buzz. | Chris Jackson/Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Meghan Markle is perhaps sporting the hottest engagement ring in the world right now. Prince Harry designed the Cleave and Company ring, which features a cushion diamond, a pair of round side stones, and a gold band.

“The trio of diamonds are as meaningful as they are magnificent. Two are from Princess Diana’s personal collection, and the other is from Botswana, where the lovebirds spent time together,” reports USA Today.

Next: Kate Middleton ended up with Princess Diana’s ring. 

2. Kate Middleton

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives at the Playford Civic Centre on April 23, 2014 in Adelaide, Australia.

The ring is a hand-me-down from Princess Diana. | Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images

Before there was Markle’s dazzling engagement ring, there was Kate’s. Kate’s ring once belonged to Princess Diana and holds a lot of emotional weight for the royal family. Valued at $650,000, the 12-carat sapphire and diamond cluster ring is one of a kind.

According to Vogue, “Prince William and Prince Harry were each allowed to choose a piece of their mother’s favourite jewellery after her death. The rumour says Prince Harry originally chose the ring, and William chose a gold Cartier watch, but Harry later gifted William the ring to propose to Kate Middleton. The rest is history.”

Next: Princess Diana’s original famous ring

3. Princess Diana

Britain's Prince William has given his fiancee Kate Middleton the engagement ring that belonged to his late mother Diana

She chose her own ring. | Arthur Edwards/AFP/Getty Images

Though the ring now belongs to Kate, it’s worth mentioning again as Diana‘s engagement ring. According to Us Magazine, Diana got to choose her own ring from a selection presented to her by Gerrard Jewelers. She chose the now world famous 12-carat oval sapphire surrounded by diamonds.

Next: Queen Elizabeth II’s ring was made from Princess Alice’s tiara.  

4. Queen Elizabeth II

Close up of Queen Elizabeth's hands

It was made from a diamond tiara. | Ian Leslie Macdonald/Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth II’s ring also goes down in history as one of the most iconic royal rings. It was made from diamonds from a tiara that originally belonged to Princess Alice of Battenberg. According to Order of Splendor, “The ring is supposed to be one of the signs her staff watches out for: when she starts twisting it around her finger, The Boss has had enough.”

Next: Grace Kelly’s fairy tale ring(s) 

5. Princess Grace

Prince Rainier III of Monaco (C) and grace kelly

She received two engagement rings. | -/AFP/Getty Images

Grace Kelly makes the list because the world seemed to stand still when she got engaged to Prince Ranier III of Monaco. She received two engagement rings from Prince Ranier. One was a cartier eternity band with rubies and diamonds and the other one was a 10.5 carat emerald cut Cartier diamond ring flanked by two baguettes. One of the rings even made a debut in Kelly’s last movieHigh Society, which she starred in with Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra.

Next: This royal’s ruby red ring 

6. Sarah Ferguson Duchess of York

Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, holds up a co

She got to keep the ring in the divorce. | Malcolm Clarke/AFP/Getty Images

Sarah Ferguson’s brilliant ruby engagement ring also makes the list. Prince Andrew proposed to Sarah with a ruby engagement ring from Garrard Jewelers in February 1986 on his 26th birthday. He’s said to have chosen the ring because it matched her hair. According to Express, the ring is worth £71,350 today.

Next: This royal is the queen’s favorite.

7. Sophie Rhys-Jones

Sophie Rhys Jones ring

The queen apparently loves her. | Arthur Edwards-WPA Pool/Getty Images

Prince Edward, Queen Elizabeth II’s youngest son, proposed to Sophie Rhys-Jones in January 1999. He gifted her a Garrard ring that contained three diamonds in a modern setting.

Fun fact: Sophie is often rumored to be “the queen’s favorite.”

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