William gives Kate Diana's ring
Published 17/11/2010 | 05:00
Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton with his late mother's engagement ring, which she chose herself after getting engaged to the Prince of Wales.
The 18-carat white gold ring contains an oval sapphire surrounded by a cluster of 14 diamonds.
His mother chose the ring, which cost £28,000 at the time, from a selection presented to her by the jewellers Garrard after she had accepted the Prince of Wales's proposal, which he made at a private dinner at Buckingham Palace in February 1981.
The ring was not designed especially for the future Princess of Wales -- meaning that any member of the public could potentially buy the same ring from the Garrard catalogue.
Ms Middleton said yesterday: "It's beautiful. I just hope that I look after it. It's obviously very, very special." (© Daily Telegraph, London)