When Prince William asked his long-term girlfriend Kate Middleton to be his wife, he gave her what would immediately become her most famous piece of jewellery – her engagement ring.
She wears the historical stunning sapphire and diamond piece, which used to belong to Princess Diana, whenever she’s out in public alongside her wedding and eternity bands.
But there is another ring which Kate occasionaly wears which is also extremely special to her – and it was a very romantic gift from William when they were dating.
She wore it to their graduation, a nod to the next stage of her life as she stepped up her role as a future member of the Royal Family.
Eddie LeVian, CEO of LeVian jewellers, spoke of the huge significance of the simple silver ring, which the prince gave to Kate while they were students at St Andrew’s University.
He told the Express : “This beautiful, delicate ring is understated in style, but the very personal message hidden within it from a future King makes it an enormously romantic royal jewel.”
The ring is a rose gold band with pearls and garnets – Kate and William’s birthstones.
She famously wore it to their graduation ceremony, which was attended by Prince Charles as well as the Middleton family.
Mr LeVian said: “It’s no surprise Kate was seen wearing it at her graduation. This was a milestone marking her own achievements but also a day which put her on the threshold of a new chapter in her life together with William beyond university.
“The ring is adorned with both Kate and William’s birthstones, in a celebration of their bond and the beginning of their intertwined destiny.”
Kate and Wills went through two painful breakups during their seven-year courtship, earning Kate the unflattering nickname ‘Waity Katie’.
But on October 20, 2010 – almost a decade after they first met – Wills finally got down on one knee and asked Kate to be his wife.
And the proposal was just as romantic as you would expect from a prince, and he whisked her off to Kenya to pop the question.
The couple travelled around the country before heading to Lake Rutundu, which Wills had decided was the perfect place for the special moment.
According to royal expert Katie Nicholl, he booked a log cabin for their stay and the couple spent the day fishing (unsuccessfully) for rainbow trout.
She claims that when they returned home William took Kate out onto the veranda, got down on one knee and proposed.