Prince William Gives Kate Middleton Princess Diana's Engagement Ring

11/16/2010 at 12:48 PM ET

William Gives Kate Diana's RingSuzanne Plunkett/Reuters/Landov; A.G. Carrick/Camera Press/Getty

Prince William has honored his late mother by giving his new fiancée Kate Middleton the engagement ring that Prince Charles once gave to Princess Diana. “It’s very special to me. As Kate’s very special to me now, it was right to put the two together,” William said as the newly-engaged couple faced the cameras for the first time today. The ring is an oval sapphire surrounded by diamonds. William proposed to Kate on a safari in Kenya in October, but he first asked her father for permission to propose. Michael Middleton said that he and his wife are “absolutely delighted” and “thrilled” by the engagement announcement.The wedding, which will take place in the spring or summer of 2011, is already being heralded as the biggest wedding since Charles and Diana’s. –Nadine Shabeeb

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RINAADE on

I know his mother will be so proud of her baby boy. This is indeed a beautiful way to honor his mother who meant so much to him. I wish she was alive to see this day. Congrat! Will and kate.

My road to everywhere. on

awww how sweet … he totally makes his mother proud im sure. Princess Di will always be a legend in everyones mind!

Kate on

Love it. Two stunning women, one stunning ring.

dee on

With God’s blessings! May they be happy and in love their whole lives! So rare is it that one can find their best friend and have the honor of living with them the rest of their life.
I am so blessed.
Best wishes!

Diane on

Wow, seeing those two pictures side by side is really making me feel old. But I have tears in my eyes thinking what a beautiful tribute to his mother. Very classy William.

Allison J. on

How lovely that William gave Kate his mother’s ring! She must be a very special lady, indeed. I think Diana would be so happy and proud of her son right now. Best wishes to this couple!

I’m an American, and I remember getting up VERY EARLY on a Saturday morning to watch Prince Charles’s and Princess Diana’s wedding on T.V. I’m sure I will be doing the same thing with this wedding!

Karyn C on

There was a reason I sold my engagement ring after my divorce. It wasn’t the sort of thing I wanted to hand down to my son. ‘Congratulations – here’s my ring and I hope you have better luck than I did in my failed marriage’? Just doesn’t seem right. It’s a beautiful ring and all, but it’s a symbol of a marriage that went bust. Oh well – maybe William and Kate will have better luck with it.

Patty on

Congratulations to Will & Kate!! And I love that he gave her his mother’s engagement ring!! Can’t wait for the wedding!!

Jennie on

Lets hope Kate has better luck with that ring than Diana.

Kim on

I love that he gave her Diana’s beautiful ring. They make such a great couple and I wish them a long and happy life together.

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