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Sophie, Countess of Wessex: Prince Edward gave engagement ring with hidden royal link

“However, Prince Edward and Miss Rhys-Jones hope that it might be possible to use St George’s Chapel, Windsor in the late spring or summer.”

Shortly after sharing details, the couple posed for official photos at St James’s Palace.

It was there that royal fans got a first look at the stunning diamond ring.

The jewel has three diamonds and has a modern setting in white gold.


It features a two-carat central oval diamond which is flanked between two small heart-shaped jewels.

The ring reportedly cost a cool £110,000 and was purchased from Asprey Garrard, now Garrard & Co.

By choosing a ring from that jeweller, Prince Edward could have been making a sweet nod to his family’s history.

Garrard & Co has produced pieces for the Royal Family since 1735.

On a number of post-lockdown outings, the mother-of-two has left her engagement ring at home.

However, this could down to personal style and she has still been seen wearing her wedding band.

The band, which she was given on her wedding day, is made from Welsh gold which is in line with royal tradition.

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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, 71, is currently second-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, 35. Prince Harry is succeeded by his son Archie Harrison, born in May 2019.

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