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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chance on

That was a smooth move william. You knew when you gave that ring that everyones heart would melt, including Kates. She is going to do things to you on your wedding night that will kurl your toes. She’s a little hottie too. Dang I wish I would’ve thought of that. Cause for you women reading this, if you don’t think it’s all about the sex. It is!

j on

beautiful

emma on

I wish them the best of luck! They seem very happy together. I agree withe some of the other that commented, I think it’s nice Kate will be wearing princess Dina’s engagement ring, the ring is gorgeous, but his parents marriage didn’t work out. It’s still nice to know that it was his mom’s though. Can’t wait to see the wedding on t.v.

Rachel on

I love that pic of the 2 young princes and their mum! Every time I see a pic of Harry I am dumbfounded how anyone can think he isn’t Charles’s … Am I the only one who thinks he looks EXACTLY like him. And William looks so much like his Mom. I think he finally decided to get married now because he wanted to do it before he went bald!! LOL

Pamela on

This is the perfect way to honor his mother. An engagement ring is a promise of love and future marriage. The engagement ring has nothing to do with a marriage gone bad. His mother would be so proud of him!!

Tay on

Well, let’s hope he treats Kate better than Charles treated Diana. I hope they will have a long, happy life together and that the damn press leave them in peace.

Blake on

I like William and though I don’t know anything about this woman, I trust him. I might be missing something here, but how does it “honor” Diana for William to give her ring away? Maybe I’m among the few here, but I wouldn’t want to wear a ring that belonged to someone else who died so violently.

I would think it would belong to Charles, but perhaps he gave it to William for this very reason. I think it would have a better place in a museum under the circumstances. I can’t see how anyone would even want to try it on. If I were Kate, I would say, “I will marry you and I appreciate the thought, but I cannot accept this particular ring”.

Janice on

What a touching story! As I watched him hugging his mother around her neck as a little boy, I realized just how much he looks just like her in both photos! This all just brought tears to my eyes because it’s obvious just how much he really, really loves his mother, and I have to say that Kate is one special woman!

Sherry on

They just look like the perfect royal couple. He is nothing like his father so I think this marriage has a real chance. They are just so beautiful together. Diana must be so proud.

Cathy on

WOW………..I am SO excited that William gave Kate his mother’s ring! Sheis a very lucky young lady!

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