'Incredibly romantic': Princess Margaret's £8,000 engagement ring was 'different'

'Incredibly romantic': Princess Margaret's £8,000 engagement ring was 'different'

Princess Margaret was the only sister of the Queen and she sadly died in February 2002. She married Antony Armstrong-Jones at a wedding which took place at Westminster Abbey.

It continued into a full length skirt and had a faint floral pattern across it.

As is royal tradition, she dressed up the look with a headpiece and opted for the Poltimore tiara.

Princess Margaret and her husband went on to have two children.

The couple had met just one year before they got engaged.


Antony proposed in October 1959 and the Queen’s sister was given a unique ring.

Far from the traditional diamond, Princess Margaret sported a ring with a central ruby.

Designed by Antony himself, the ruby was surrounded by diamonds to create the shape of a rosebud.

This was done in a nod to Princess Margaret’s middle name, Rose.

“This hue is further enhanced by the yellow gold of the ring’s settings and band; a timeless colour marriage that oozes vintage charm.

“Though gorgeous, a ruby with a lighter tone carries a considerably smaller price tag than one in an intense shade of red.”

If sold today, the experts gave it a valuation of around £8,000.

They added: “Today, I’d value a ring like this one just below the £8,000 mark, but it’s tricky to be certain without an idea of the quality of that central stone and the exact size of the halo diamonds.”

The royal line of succession – who outranks who?

The line of succession to the British throne dictates the order in which each member of the Royal Family would ascend to the throne.

It is also seen as a ranking of importance with the head of the line, the Queen, taking the place of ruler.

Older children come before younger children. Traditionally boys came before girls, but this law was changed on 26 March 2015 before the birth of Prince William’s first child.

Incredibly, Catholics are still excluded from the line of succession, as are children born outside of wedlock.

The royals, who usually stick to a strict protocol when appearing in public, often arrive at events in ascending order of importance, with the most important royal arriving last.

Prince Charles, 72, is currently first-in-line to the British throne, followed by Prince William, 38, his oldest son.

Then comes Prince William’s children, George, seven, Charlotte, five, and Louis, two, and they are followed by Prince Harry, 36. Prince Harry is succeeded by his son Archie Harrison, born in May 2019.

Published at Mon, 17 May 2021 03:00:00 +0000