5 Of The Most Iconic Royal Proposals Of All Time
The British royal family has always gathered massive public interest, especially when it comes to proposals. From the more understated proposals to those downright scandalous ones, these moments have been seen on a global scale. Here, Jack Jahan from Ramsdens Jewellery discusses five of the most iconic royal proposals of all time.
“We all love proposals. From watching our friends and family members’ special moments, to reading about the latest celebrity engagements, seeing people happy is something we all enjoy. And, when it comes to the royal family, it’s no different.
With the recent return of The Crown to Netflix, there has been significant piqued interest around the royal family ongoings, and past proposals in particular. In fact, results from SEO Monitor showed that the yearly search volume for ‘Queen Elizabeth family’, ‘royal family news’ and ‘UK royal family’ has increased by 50%, 22% and 13% respectively. There is even significant search volume rises around specific proposals and engagement rings, showing that global interest in the British royal family is certainly piqued.
Here, I’ll be discussing five of the most iconic royal proposals of all time from the very lavish, to the most secretive.
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip
When the Prince asked King George VI for his daughter’s hand in marriage, they came to an agreement on the condition that the announcement was kept secret until Elizabeth’s 21st birthday in April of 1947.
Despite the secretive start, the engagement was a great celebratory cause as it marked the end of World War II. The engagement ring designed by Prince Phillip featured a central square-cut diamond that had diamond side stones and was set in platinum. And what gave it an extra special touch, is that all of the diamonds used came from Prince Phillip’s mother’s tiara which the queen would later pair with her Welsh gold wedding band.
When the engagement finally came to light, the couple didn’t waste any time making it official. The royal wedding of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip took place in the heart of London at Westminster Abbey in November 1947 and was a fantastic celebration for all.
Lady Diana Spencer and Prince Charles
Lady Diana was no stranger to grabbing headlines. From her signature laid-back style, to her charitable nature, she was always of interest to the public. But when she and Prince Charles announced their proposal on February 24th 1981, it was her choice of engagement ring that everybody was talking about. The rich sapphire and diamond cluster ring that Diana handpicked for herself caused global controversy for being available in the crown jewellers’ catalogue, meaning anyone could have it. But in true Diana style, she wore it proudly, even after the pair’s divorce in 1996.
The ring has become one of the most highly sought-after designs, and with The Crown casting light on the selection process Diana went through to get this priceless piece, it’s still one of the biggest points of interest for people around the world. In fact, recent Google Trends data showed that over the past 12 months, the search term ‘Princess Diana engagement ring’ has risen rapidly by 90% highlighting that the ring was just as iconic as the princess herself.
Kate Middleton and Prince William
The engagement of Kate Middleton and Prince William was certainly one to remember. The proposal was announced on the 16th of November 2010 while the couple were on a trip to Kenya. The Prince chose his moment carefully, ensuring they were away from all paparazzi to allow them to cherish their special moment together before announcing it publicly.
The Prince gifted the now Duchess of Cambridge with the sapphire and diamond ring worn by his mother Princess Diana to ensure her legacy lives on. The ring hadn’t been seen since Diana’s death in 1997, until it appeared on Kate’s ring finger in 2015 and much to everyone’s pleasure, hasn’t been altered from its original form.
Kate’s wedding ring is also especially sentimental as it was crafted from Welsh gold that Prince William was gifted from the Queen after the announcement was publicly announced.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
Staying true to the couple’s low-key lifestyles, the engagement of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry took place in the comfort of their own home after the two had enjoyed a lovely dinner of roast chicken together.
The ring gifted to Meghan was designed entirely by the prince and featured diamonds selected from his late mother, Diana’s iconic jewellery collection. These were then set into a classic gold band that features a central brilliant-cut diamond with one on either side of it which is said to represent the couple’s past, present and future together.
Since the proposal, Meghan has had her engagement ring refashioned to fit with the wedding and eternity bands she also wears. The ring now features a much thinner diamond micropavé band which emphasises the impressive trio of diamonds even more so.
Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank
Ringing in the new year the right way, Jack Brooksbank decided to get down on one knee and ask Princess Eugenie for her hand in marriage on the 1st of January 2018. The pair were holidaying in Nicaragua at the time and what most people found interesting was that the question was popped without a ring!
The Prince had pre-picked a stunning pink padparadscha with smaller diamonds framing it, but wanted to wait for Eugenie to approve it before he put it on her finger. On their return to the UK, the pair worked together to develop the perfect design, which was certainly achieved. When asked why he chose the unusual gemstone colour, Jack claimed the extraordinary colour-changing properties reminded him of the awe he feels when he looks at his wife.
There you have it. The five most iconic British royal family proposals. From Diana’s priceless sapphire engagement ring, to Meghan and Harry’s at-home engagement, the royals certainly provide us with plenty to keep up with.”
Thanks to Jack from Ramsdens for this entertaining blog. He’s definitely right when he says we all love a good proposal and as we head into engagement season, I’m looking forward to hearing all your engagement stories.
Get in touch if you need some help to organise your own epic proposal story! I’d be honoured to be involved in the start of your next chapter.