Kate Middleton tied the knot with Prince William, 37, eight years ago on 29 April 2011. On the big day, she borrowed the Cartier Halo tiara from the Queen and was given a gold wedding band. Since then, she has been known for wearing subtle and classy pieces of jewellery, including many items from the royal collection. She wears three rings on her wedding finger at all times and they all have a very sweet meaning.
When the Duke and Duchess got engaged, Kate was presented with a diamond and sapphire engagement ring.
The stunning ring was designed by the royal jeweller, Garrad, and was the engagement ring Prince Charles gave to William’s mother, Princess Diana.
The ring featured 14 solitaire diamond and a 12-carat oval blue Ceylon sapphire, set in 18-karat gold and Kate still wears this ring at all times.
On her big day, Kate was given a gold wedding band which was made from the family’s collection of Welsh gold in accordance with royal tradition.
Her wedding ring had a link to the royal family as the design was similar to ones worn by both Queen Elizabeth II and the Queen Mother and Kate still wears the design today.
However, in recent years the Duchess started wearing a third band on the same finger which was given to her by Prince William for a very sweet reason.
Kate and William have three children together, Prince George, six, Princess Charlotte, four, and Prince Louis, one.
After the birth of their first child, Prince George, William gave Kate the jewellery as a gift.
Kate received a diamond eternity ring after the couple started their family which she wears on her ring finger with her engagement ring and wedding band.
She has been spotted wearing a citrine ring which was first debuted in 2008 and is not part of the royal collection.
The ring could be worth up to £20,000 and Kate may wear it to show her independent role in the family, according to a royal expert.
The ring was reportedly in the possession of Prince Harry when William and Kate got engagement, but Harry allowed his brother to have it for the proposal.
When Prince Harry proposed to Meghan Markle, he used a cutom-made ring which featured jewels from Princess Diana’s jewellery collection.
How did Kate Middleton become a royal?
Kate Middleton, or Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, was born on 9 January 1982 at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading, England.
She was born to Michael and Carole Middleton, a former flight dispatcher and air hostess. The couple founded a party supplies company, Party Pieces, in 1987 – now estimated to be worth £30 million.
Kate has a younger sister Pippa Matthews, 34, and a younger brother James Middleton, 31.
Kate and her family moved to Amman, Jordan, in 1984, where the future Duchess was educated at an English-speaking nursery school.
After moving back to Berkshire the family sent Kate to private school, St Andrews School. She went on to briefly study at Downe House before moving onto Marlborough College where she boarded.
For university the young Kate attended the University of St Andrews in Fife, Scotland. Here she was awarded an undergraduate MA (2:1 Hons) in history of art.
Relationship with Prince William
Kate met Prince William when they were both studying at St Andrews, and both living in St Salvator’s Hall. Famously, William reportedly took a fancy to Kate after she wore a see-through dress during a fashion show.
In 2003 the couple began dating and lived together during their second year of university.
The couple split in April 2007, however, in October they were back together.
Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton with his late mother Princess Diana’s engagement ring in October 2010. The couple were holidaying in Kenya at the time.
On 29 April 2011 they married at Westminster Abbey with a whopping 26 million watching the event live.
Kate wore an Alexander McQueen dress worth a reported £250,000 on the big day.
Kate assumed the title “Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge” and also become the Duchess of Cambridge on the day.
Published at Fri, 30 Aug 2019 10:55:00 +0000