Like any good spouse, Prince William buys the Duchess of Cambridge the occasional gift. Unlike most other spouses, however, his gifts tend to either be royal family heirlooms, or unusual, custom-made and generally highly expensive pieces. Here is all the jewelry William has given his wife over the years, and the sentimental meaning behind each piece.
1. Her Victorian eternity band
The Duchess of Cambridge owns a truly stunning Victorian eternity band made from garnets (her birthstone) and pearls (the birthstone of Prince William). She’s been wearing the ring on and off since the early days of their courtship, and it’s believed to have been purchased by the Queen.
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2. Her engagement ring
The engagement ring once belonged to Princess Diana, and features 14 diamonds surrounding a 12-carat sapphire. Apparently, Prince Charles allowed his sons to pick a memento from Diana’s collection when she died—and it was actually Harry who chose the ring, while William opted for his mother’s Cartier watch. They switched items when William decided to propose to the Duchess. ‘It is very special to me,” he said. “It was my way of making sure my mother didn’t miss out on today, and the excitement, and the fact we are going to spend the rest of our lives together.”
3. Her Welsh gold wedding band
Perhaps the most significant gift from her husband, the Duchess’ wedding band is made from Welsh gold that belongs to the royal family. Per a royal spokesman: “The wedding ring that Catherine Middleton will wear will be made of Welsh gold. The gold was given to Prince William by The Queen shortly after the couple were engaged. It has been in the family’s possession for some years and has been in the care of the royal jewellers. There are no further details on which mine the gold was mined from.”
4. Her sapphire and diamond earrings
You may have noticed that she has a pair of earrings that perfectly match her engagement ring. They also belonged to Princess Diana, and were given to the Duchess by William in 2011. According to Us Weekly, the earrings were believed to be Diana’s “most prized” jewels, while a source told the Daily Mail “now that they’re married, William wanted her to have some of his mother’s favourite pieces”.
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5. Her Christmas earrings
The Duchess wore this pair of earrings during her first Christmas with the royal family back in 2011. They’re by one of her favourite jewellers Kiki McDonough, and are believed to have been a gift from Prince William.
6. Her Cartier watch
Prince William reportedly gave his wife a Ballon Bleu de Cartier watch for their third wedding anniversary. The watch has a sapphire stone, which conveniently matches her engagement ring.
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7. Her diamond eternity band
After the birth of Prince George, the Duchess of Cambridge was seen wearing a mysterious third ring on her wedding finger. It turns out it’s a diamond eternity band, said to have been given to her as a “push present” from her husband.
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8. Her pink diamond brooch
9. Her amethyst and tourmaline earrings
To commemorate the birth of their second child, Princess Charlotte, William is said to have bought the Duchess a pair of KiKi McDonough earrings made from amethyst and tourmaline. She was later seen wearing them during a trip to India.
From: Town & Country