Prince Edward and Sophie Rhys-Jones announced their engagement on January 6, 1999 after five years of dating. During the photo call for the engagement, Prince Edward said, “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, so I’m told.” Sophie replied indignantly, “No, you’re my best friend!” How sweet. We quite like these two. They really seem to be the most normal and down to earth of the bunch.
They first met at a charity event that Sophie was helping to organize and she ended up having her photograph taken with the Prince to help promote the event. The wedding was held at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor, on June 19, 1999 and the Queen bestowed the couple with the titles the Earl and Countess of Wessex.
Sophie’s engagement ring was made especially for her Asprey & Garrard and is estimated to have been worth around 105,000 pounds. If that price is accurate, this ring may well be the most expensive engagement ring of a British royal bride. The ring is a 2.05 carat oval diamond flanked ny two smaller heart-shaped diamond. The band is white gold.
It’s a gorgeous, substantial ring that will stand the test of time. Edward’s two brothers each gave their fiancees engagement rings featuring coloured stones (a sapphire for Lady Diana and a ruby for Sarah Ferguson). I like that this ring is more traditional and classic and goes with anything.
What do you think? What’s your favourite royal engagement ring?