Royals and commoners alike love royal engagement rings. Monarchies around the world boast stunning jewelry collections, and their engagement rings are no exception. Take a look at some of the most iconic rings from today’s royals.
The British Royal Family
British royals are notorious, especially since the death of Queen Elizabeth II in September 2022. They’ve worn many iconic pieces of jewelry through the years, including their stunning engagement rings.
Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth’s royal engagement ring is a classic three-carat round brilliant diamond surrounded by two clusters of smaller pavé diamonds. In total, the ring features 11 diamonds. The diamonds on the queen’s ring came from a tiara that belonged to Prince Philip’s mother, Princess Alice of Battenberg. Princess Alice (also known as Princess Andrew) reportedly received the tiara as a wedding present from the Romanovs, the last Russian royal family. Queen Elizabeth II wore her engagement ring until her death in September 2022.
Lookalike: The Pela Vintage Ring
Capture the look of the Queen Elizabeth engagement ring with the Pela Vintage Ring. This diamond stunner features a round brilliant center diamond, surrounded by six lab-grown diamonds on either side. Then, the marquise-shaped milgrain detail adds an eye-catching touch of vintage flair.
Princess Diana and Kate Middleton
King Charles III, then Prince Charles, proposed to Diana Spencer with an iconic sapphire engagement ring. Surrounded by smaller diamonds, the Ceylon center stone inspires many couples to incorporate color into their engagement rings even today. Princess Diana was very fond of the iconic ring and wore it until her divorce from Prince Charles in 1996.
Though Diana’s tragic death prevented her from meeting her daughters-in-law, Prince William got to share a piece of his mother with his wife, Kate Middleton. The current Prince of Wales (formerly Prince William) proposed with his mother’s ring after the two met and fell in love while studying at Saint Andrew’s in Scotland. Presently, Kate Middleton wears Princess Diana’s engagement ring .
Lookalike: The Chaleur Oval Ring
This oval pavé diamond ring features the timeless elegance of Diana and Kate’s ring. Add some extra glamour to your engagement ring stack with the Chaleur Oval Ring’s diamond-studding pavé band.
Camilla Parker Bowles, the Queen Consort
Prince Charles proposed to his second wife, Camilla Parker Bowles, in 2005 with an heirloom engagement ring. Rather than purchasing a new ring, the future king popped the question with a ring that belonged to Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. The five-carat emerald-cut diamond is surrounded by diamond baguettes. When the pair got married in 2005, they exchanged simple gold bands made of traditional Welsh gold.
Lookalike: The Leslie 3 Stone Classic Ring
Surrounded by two lab grown round diamonds, the center diamond on the Leslie 3 Stone Classic Ring shines with grace and beauty. The intricate beading on either side of the emerald-cut diamond draws the eye in the best possible way. If you want to put your own twist on the idea of a three stone ring, you may also like the look of a two stone engagement ring.
Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex
Meghan Markle’s three-stone engagement ring from Prince Harry is truly dazzling. Her diamond engagement ring features a center stone sourced from Botswana, which is a country close to the couple’s heart. The two diamonds on either side are from Princess Diana’s personal collection. The engagement ring also features a yellow gold band. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry updated the ring by adding a delicate pavé band.
Lookalike: The Denmark 3 Stone Ring
With a total of 12 lab grown diamonds, this engagement ring is fit for royalty. The tapered band features channel-mounted diamonds that rise to meet a stunning center stone of your choice.
Sarah Ferguson, also known as Fergie, sported one of the most recognizable royal engagement rings during her marriage to Prince Andrew. The former Duchess of York wore a Burmese ruby surrounded by 10 smaller diamonds. The ruby and diamond engagement ring is similar to Princess Diana’s but isn’t directly inspired by it.
Lookalike: The Katharine Ring
The Katharine Ring features the same iconic starburst halo detail as Sarah Ferguson’s ring. Pair this setting with a pink lab grown diamond to fully capture the royal engagement ring look.
Princess Eugenie, daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, wears a colorful engagement ring just like her mother. In 2018, Princess Eugenie got engaged to her long-time boyfriend, Jack Brooksbank. He proposed with a ring featuring a padparadscha sapphire surrounded by diamonds. The ring is also made with white gold trim and a Welsh gold band, which is traditional for British royal engagement rings.
Padparadscha sapphire engagement rings are unique because of their center stones’ colors. A padparadscha sapphire stone isn’t blue like a traditional sapphire. Instead, the stone has a unique pink-orange color that can change from different angles and in different lighting. Brooksbank chose the stone for Eugenie because “she changes color,” he told BBC.
Lookalike: The Avant Halo Ring
The Avant Halo Ring is the peak of elegance and glamour. The ballerina halo around the center stone tapers in size, lending a graceful look to your engagement ring. You can also replace the center diamond with a pink lab grown diamond to fully mimic Princess Eugenie’s engagement ring.
The only sister of former Prince Charles and the daughter of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, Princess Anne may have started the sapphire engagement ring trend within the British royal family. The Princess Royal married Captain Mark Phillips in 1973 with a sapphire and white diamond ring. For Princess Anne’s second marriage, she also received a diamond and sapphire ring, this one with a little twist. Her current husband, Timothy Laurence, selected a Cabochon sapphire ring with an oval center stone. If oval engagement rings are starting to get your attention, we have a large selection for you to choose from.
Lookalike: The Sapphire Halo Ring
Complete with vibrant lab grown sapphires, the Sapphire Halo Ring is an elegant tribute to the royals’ love for sapphires. Add a round brilliant diamond of your choice and this ring is sure to shine.
Lady Kitty Spencer
Lady Kitty Spencer is the niece of Princess Diana and the first cousin of Prince William and Prince Harry. In 2019, Lady Kitty got engaged to South-African millionaire Michael Lewis, after which she was seen sporting a diamond eternity band rather than a traditional engagement ring. The ring appears to feature 18 emerald-cut diamonds set in a white gold or platinum ring.
Lady Kitty Spencer isn’t the only royal who opted for an eternity band instead of a royal engagement ring. King Felipe VI gifted Queen Letizia of Spain received an eternity band for their 2003 engagement. The ring features 16 baguette diamonds set in vibrant yellow gold. Now, Queen Letizia doesn’t often wear her engagement ring in public.
Lookalike: The Classic Emerald Eternity Band
Why have one emerald-cut diamond when you can have many? This timeless eternity band represents the endless love that you share with your partner. It also builds beautifully with other jewelry so you can curate the perfect engagement ring stack.
International Royal Engagement Rings
Though the British royal family may be the most famous, royals around the world wear stunning engagement rings. Here are a few international royal rings to watch for.
Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden
Crown Princess Victoria and her husband Daniel Westling broke from tradition with the Crown Princess’s royal engagement ring. Traditionally, Swedish royals used simple gold bands to mark their engagement. Westling, now the Duke of Västergötland, chose a simple yet stunning solitaire diamond on a gold band.
Other Swedish royals have followed their lead. Princess Victoria’s sister, Princess Madeleine, and her sister-in-law, Princess Sofia, both got engagement with modern rings rather than the classic gold bands.
Lookalike: The Margot Solitaire Ring
The Margot Solitaire Ring is a simple yet powerful setting that allows the beauty of your lab grown diamond to shine. This ring is also available as a rose gold, white gold, or platinum ring.
Princess Charlene of Monaco
Princess Charlene got engaged to Prince Albert II of Monaco in 2010. Prince Albert, the son of Prince Rainier III and Princess Grace Kelly, selected a pear-cut diamond surrounded by small diamonds in triangle arrangements. Though Princess Charlene of Monaco rarely wears her royal engagement ring in public, she does bring it out for special events and appearances.
Lookalike: The Fantasy Ring
Pair a unique lab grown pear-shaped diamond of your choice with the Fantasy Ring setting. This setting features a tapered, diamond-encrusted band that creates a timeless and romantic look.
Crown Princess Mary of Denmark
Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark also chose a colorful diamond ring for his future queen. Rather than sticking exclusively to diamonds, the Danish heir chose a ring with a central emerald-cut diamond flanked by two ruby baguettes. Reportedly, he chose these stones because they represented the colors of the Danish flag. Recently, the Crown Prince and Princess added two additional diamonds on either side of the ruby baguettes.
Lookalike: The Farrah Ring
Pair a lab grown diamond of your choice with this encrusted diamond band. The resulting ring is a stunning tribute to your love that will last for many years to come.