There’s a fascinating history behind Queen Elizabeth II’s favorite piece of jewelry Getty Images
ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 20: Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and Lord Vestey are seen during the Royal Procession on day 1 of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2017 in Ascot, England. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)

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.

RELATED: A royals insider spilled a few secrets to Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip’s happy marriage

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.

RELATED: Fall in love with these famous couples who have been married 50 or more years

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
View More Articles

Stories You Might Like