According to reports from the UK press, Prince William honored the memory of his late mother Princess Diana by using her blue sapphire engagement ring when he proposed to his long time girlfriend Kate Middleton
Prince William and Kate Middleton became engaged in October 2010 in the East African country of Kenya, during the couple’s 10-day trip to a Wildlife Conservancy called the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy – which is Prince William’s favorite place in the African country.
The Prince was actually there to celebrate passing his RAF helicopter search and rescue course.
Clarence House then announced the couple’s engagement on the 16th of November 2010.
Prince William gave Kate Middleton the same sapphire engagement ring that his father Prince Charles had given to his mother, Princess Diana of Wales some decades ago. The ring in question is a brilliant 18-carat white gold ring with approximately 12-carat oval sapphire and 14 round diamonds on it.
After the engagement was announced, Prince William of Wales revealed to the press that the sapphire ring was his mother’s engagement ring. According to him the ring meant so much to him and he felt that since his late mother would obviously not be around to share the happiest day of his life with him the best way that he could honor her memory was by giving Kate Middleton the ring. The prince said that giving his mother’s engagement ring to Kate was his own way of keeping her close to all the fun and excitement of the wedding.
The royal wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton finally took place on 29 April 2011 at Westminster Abbey – the church of choice for Royal weddings.
The wedding was broadcast live all over the globe and according to various reports, over 2 billion people worldwide viewed the amazing event live on Television and internet streaming.