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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Jennie on

I dont think it honors his mother. What a cheapskate. Buy Kate her own ring.

LoopsFroot on

I am so glad that they have made it official.

jenna on

so SUCK IT jessica simpson!

Stella on

That ring is gorgeous. Itt melts my heart even more that it was once worn by Princess Diana. Really hope they stick together. Eight years is a long run and its about darn time!

KG on

Wow…does she know what it means to have that ring on her finger? Beautiful. So sweet!

Diane on

While I wish the couple all the luck in the world I find it disturbing that the ring is from a failed and unhappy marriage.

I hope Kate is happier wearing it than Diana was

bettyann on

Wow…still after all these years tears stream down my face looking at Lady Diana’s picture.

William and Kate …congratulations …I know William that your wonderful mother is so proud of you! The world is proud of you!!! What a beautiful tribute to your mum giving Kate her ring! Just beautiful!!

Best wishes,
Bettyann

SusiQ on

@Jenna, I hadn’t even thought of that; what a hoot!! Jessica could “top” Nick by getting engaged to an unemployed athlete but it’s gonna be hard to top this.

Nelly on

that is so sweet.

SHar on

One can sure tell who influence most in his upbrining we see in William. What a beautiful tribute to her by a loving son and what a wonderful fiancee that would accept it and be touched by it too. Not everyone would want it – they would want their own so this is a testament to what a wonderful woman Prince William has chosen. His mom instilled in him values and sensitivity which we have seen in him since she passed away. May these two be blessed with happiness the rest of their lives and I really believe they will be. I just know that Diana is smiling down on them right now and is oh so proud of her son as well she should be. This is a testament to what a truly wonderful mom she was.

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