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William gives Kate Diana's ring

victoria ward

Published 17/11/2010 | 05:00

Prince William and his fiancee Kate Middleton pose for a photograph in St. James's Palace, London. Photo: Reuters
Prince William and his fiancee Kate Middleton pose for a photograph in St. James's Palace, London. Photo: Reuters
The engagement ring once belonged to Diana, Princess of Wales. Photo: PA

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.

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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)

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