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Queen Elizabeth II wears gloves so often, we rarely get a glimpse of her beautiful three-carat engagement ring.

But, according to Town & Country, it’s the British monarch’s favorite piece of jewelry — and the story behind it is so sweet.


Elizabeth announced her engagement to Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark in July 1947. Philip proposed with a stunning ring that came in part from his mother, Princess Alice of Battenberg.

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Knowing her son wanted to marry the heir to the British throne, Alice gifted Philip a tiara she was given on her own wedding day. Philip brought diamonds — one large center stone and 10 smaller ones — from the tiara to a London jeweler to be used in his now-wife’s ring. He also used additional diamonds from the tiara to make a bracelet for Elizabeth.

Per Town & Country, the diamonds date back to the end of Russia’s Romanov dynasty. Princess Alice was given the tiara by her distant relatives, Tsar Nicholas II and Tsarina Alexandra.

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So, while it’s not quite as famous as Kate Middleton’s 12-carat sapphire engagement ring (which Prince Charles originally used to propose to Princess Diana), Elizabeth’s ring is still lovely and fascinating.

Did you know: Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip are third cousins through Queen Victoria and second cousins once removed through King Christian IX of Denmark.

Beth Sawicki About the author:
Beth Sawicki is a content editor at Rare. Email her at Beth@Rare.us.
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