Prince Edward proposed to Sophie Wessex in 1999 with a diamond engagement ring that has links to her mother-in-law the Queen and sisters-in-law Sarah Ferguson and Princess Diana.
Prince Edward may not have realised it at the time, but the gorgeous engagement ring he gave to the Countess of Wessex, then Sophie Rhys-Jones, had several links to the royal family.
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The Queen‘s son and the former PR executive announced their engagement in January 1999, after Edward proposed with a diamond ring that was made by British royal jeweller Garrard – who was also responsible for Princess Diana’s iconic sapphire and Sarah Ferguson’s Burmese ruby.
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Design-wise, Sophie’s ring was nothing like her sisters-in-law’s, but it does bear several similarities to Her Majesty’s special rock from Prince Philip and, more recently, the Duchess of Sussex’s sentimental trilogy ring from Prince Harry.
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Sophie’s extremely elegant ring features a two-carat central oval diamond that is flanked by two smaller, heart-shaped diamonds, and sometimes the Countess wears it alongside her gold wedding band. The ring is reported to be worth somewhere in the region of £105,000 ($149,000).
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Sophie and Edward went on to say ‘I do’ in June 1999 at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, which is also where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle chose to say their vows. Larger royal weddings such as that of Prince William and Kate Middleton tend to take place at Westminster Abbey, thanks to its imposing grandeur.
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Sophie Wessex sometimes wears her jewel alongside her wedding ring
A whopping 200 million viewers tuned in to watch Prince Edward’s royal wedding, where Sophie wore a beautiful Samantha Shaw dress and a breathtaking tiara borrowed from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s private collection.
The couple have since become parents to two wonderful children: James, Viscount Severn, born in 2007, and Lady Louise Windsor, born in 2003.
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The family live together at Bagshot Park in Surrey, which was in fact a wedding present from the Queen over 20 years ago!
The Grade-II listed building is set within 51 acres of land, and has 120 rooms, offering the family plenty of space inside and out. It is also located just 11 miles away from Windsor Castle, which is now believed to be the Queen’s permanent place of residence.
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