Princess Anne shock: Queen’s daughter has two engagement rings with a special link
Princess Anne is a senior working member of the Royal Family. She has been married two times and was given an engagement ring before both ceremonies.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, Anna said: “The first engagement ring, given by Mark Philips, features a cabochon cut blue sapphire of about two carats.
“Cabochon cut gems have a smooth, rounded finish and are not faceted, giving a soft, silk-like feel to the stone.
“The cabochon gem is framed by a cluster of three small diamonds either side totalling approx 0.2 carats, set in yellow gold.”
Princess Anne and Mark separated after 16 years of marriage and the royal no longer wears the jewel.
However, the classic ring could still be worth an impressive sum of money, the expert suggested.
She said: “This one would be priced at £9,000. I find it an interesting design that holds a true 1970s vintage style.”
After Princess Anne and Mark separated, she began dating former Royal Navy Commander Timothy Laurence.
Timothy and Princess Anne later married in 1992 at a ceremony at Crathie Kirk, near Balmoral Castle, in Scotland.
“It’s a very elegant, vintage design that sits beautifully on the finger.
“Because of the size of the stones, I would say this engagement ring would cost around £20,000 to create.
“Both Princess Anne’s engagement rings feature vivid blue sapphires.
“Sapphires symbolise honesty, trust and wisdom — they hold so much significance beyond being simple jewellery items.”
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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, 36. Prince Harry is succeeded by his son Archie Harrison, born in May 2019.