Queen Consort Camilla’s Engagement Ring
After first meeting in 1970, King Charles III and Camilla, the Queen Consort have had a love story like no other. Spanning decades and having endured multiple obstacles, their unwaveringly public relationship finally began its happily ever after in February 2005, when the royals officially announced their engagement. The wedding followed in April, and the pair married inside St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, with Prince William serving as the best man.
The history of the engagement ring itself is heartwarming and personal, with the future king opting for a family heirloom that once belonged to his beloved grandmother. The (then) heir to the throne, dotingly got down on one knee before asking that all-important question with a breathtaking symbol of betrothal.
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The seven stone piece is an Art Deco design that features a 5ct emerald cut four claw set diamond at the centre, with three diamond baguettes flanking either side, decreasing in size. The baguettes look to be half bezel set with metal rims securing the top and bottom edges of the diamonds, emphasising the clean lines of their facets. Set in platinum, the stunning ring lets the stones take centre stage. Its origin is not known, however, it is said to have been gifted to the Queen Mother after the birth of Queen Elizabeth II in 1926, effectively making it a royal push present. King Charles’ relationship with his grandmother was a very close one, with their bond having helped him endure the pressures of growing up in the public eye. This makes the fact that this particular ring was the piece of jewellery he selected for his bride-to-be so much more significant.
Estimated to be worth £210,000, before gracing the Queen Consort’s ring finger, the platinum piece was prominently worn and photographed in the 1980s by its previous royal owner. The classic emerald cut has been chosen as an engagement ring style for many prominent women throughout history, including Beyoncé Knowles, Sophia Richie, Amal Clooney and Jaqueline Kennedy. With its high-profile track record, it is fair to say it’s used to being around royalty from all kinds of spheres including fashion, music and politics.
Our Design Director, Kate Earlam-Charnley has said the classic feel of the piece suits Queen Camilla’s innate elegance and sophisticated poise, making it the perfect choice of engagement ring.
The long, clean facets and linear structure of this Art Deco design match her understated yet regal aesthetic in the most complementary way. A style like this is ideal to showcase its flash against the neutral hues favoured by the Queen Consort.
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While Queen Camilla’s ring is most certainly among some of the most iconic pieces of royal jewellery, King Charles III received his own wedding ring during his coronation on May 6th 2023. Known as “The Wedding Ring of England,” since King William IV’s coronation in 1831, every sovereign has worn this impressive signet, which boasts a centre sapphire, with rubies forming the shape of a cross surrounded by 14 diamonds.
The reigning monarch and his Queen Consort are a prime example of how love can transcend time and circumstance, and this meaningful engagement ring is a tangible symbol of their unending devotion to each other.