Most of the royals’ engagement rings have a fascinating past behind them, and Queen Elizabeth’s engagement ring is no different.
The young prince sought help from his mother to afford it.
Her Majesty’s ring features a three-carat, round-cut, diamond center stone and 10 smaller ones set in platinum. It was created by the sacrifice made by Prince Philip’s mother, Princess Alice of Battenberg.
Wondering what was the sacrifice all about?
At the time, even though Philip was born a Greek prince, his family was not as well-off as one would imagine. Philip’s father, a major-general in the Greek army, left his family when he was very young.
Due to the war, Prince Philip along with his mother and siblings was forced to flee the country and eventually settled in Paris.
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When it came the time for him to propose to Elizabeth, Philip’s financial situation was not ideal. Especially considering he was dating the heir to the British throne.
So, the Duke of Edinburgh’s mother stepped in to help.
Alice offered to let Philip use the diamonds in the tiara she was given on her wedding day. Those diamonds were used to create the band for his beloved.
Young Philip accepted his mother’s generous gift and worked with jewellers to create the piece. On July 10, 1947, Elizabeth and Philip announced their engagement to the public.
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A jewellery expert revealed in an interview:-
“It’s three-carat centre gem size is relatively modest for a princess. But, Philip certainly made the ring this way considering the mood of Britain at the time, since the country had just come out of World War II”.
Also keeping in mind the climate of the country, Elizabeth and Philip’s wedding on November 20, 1947, was relatively less extravagant than most royal nuptials.
Queen Elizabeth saved war-rationing coupons to go toward the cost of her gown.
It wasn’t easy for the Queen either to prepare for her gown. Today, Her Majesty is often seen in her signature white gloves, but she has been spotted wearing the gem from time to time.
According to some reports, her engagement ring is now likely to be worth around $257,000. But the touching story behind the gorgeous ring has a value that can never be measured.