Published On: Mon, Aug 17th, 2020

Kate Middleton ring: Prince William gave Duchess £1k diamond ring for this reason

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Kate Middleton, 38, has an extensive jewellery collection and will often accessorise her outfits with her favourite jewels. She has a gathered attention with her ring collection and has a number of pieces from her husband, Prince William, 38.

The lavish ring has a 12 carat oval sapphire which is set in white gold and surrounded by 14 diamonds.

It is estimated to be worth as much as £300,000 now because of its royal link.

Kate added to her collection with a wedding band made from Welsh gold, as is a royal wedding tradition.

As well as wearing those rings, Kate is regularly spotted wearing a white gold eternity ring.

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The mother-of-three started wearing the piece shortly after the birth of her first child, Prince George, seven.

Many royal enthusiasts believe it was a gift from her husband to celebrate the birth, experts at Joshua James Jewellery told Express.co.uk.

They explained: “Eternity rings are often used to mark special milestones in a relationship.

“In this case, it was a gift from her husband to mark the birth of their first child, Prince George.”

The experts added: “In terms of why she wears three rings on one finger, many women choose to wear all three rings (wedding, engagement and eternity) on their wedding finger following marriage.

“The order in which these are worn actually has a great significance.

“Wearing your wedding ring first means that it is closest to your heart, followed by the engagement and then eternity ring.

“It looks like Kate Middleton follows this tradition.”

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How did Kate Middleton become a royal?

Early life

Kate Middleton, or Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, was born on 9 January 1982 at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading, England.

She was born to Michael and Carole Middleton, a former flight dispatcher and air hostess. The couple founded a party supplies company, Party Pieces, in 1987 – now estimated to be worth £30 million.

Kate has a younger sister Pippa Matthews, 34, and a younger brother James Middleton, 31.

Education

Kate and her family moved to Amman, Jordan, in 1984, where the future Duchess was educated at an English-speaking nursery school.

After moving back to Berkshire the family sent Kate to private school, St Andrews School. She went on to briefly study at Downe House before moving onto Marlborough College where she boarded.

For university the young Kate attended the University of St Andrews in Fife, Scotland. Here she was awarded an undergraduate MA (2:1 Hons) in history of art.

Relationship with Prince William

Kate met Prince William when they were both studying at St Andrews, and both living in St Salvator’s Hall. Famously, William reportedly took a fancy to Kate after she wore a see-through dress during a fashion show.

In 2003 the couple began dating and lived together during their second year of university.

The couple split in April 2007, however, in October they were back together.

Wedding

Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton with his late mother Princess Diana’s engagement ring in October 2010. The couple were holidaying in Kenya at the time.

On 29 April 2011 they married at Westminster Abbey with a whopping 26 million watching the event live.

Kate wore an Alexander McQueen dress worth a reported £250,000 on the big day.

Kate assumed the title “Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge” and also became the Duchess of Cambridge on the day.



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