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THE WEDDING CIRCLE

Royal Engagements – from the Queen to Prince Harry

The Royal wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, taking place at Windsor Castle, is now just a few days away. The couple that got engaged in November last year follow in a long line of romantic engagements which we have listed below. From Queen Elizabeth II to Prince Harry.

 

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip

Photo via Daily Mail

 

Engaged: July 10, 1947; Balmoral Castle, Scotland

Married: November 20, 1947; Westminster Abbey

Married for nearly 70 years, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip first met when Elizabeth was 13 and Philip was 18. They announced their proposal on July 10, 1947. Philip had proposed to the princess in 1946, presenting Elizabeth with a three-carat round diamond ring set in platinum with several smaller diamonds surrounding the main stone. The engagement ring included diamonds from a tiara belonging to Philip’s mother.

 

Princess Margaret and Antony Armstrong-Jones

Photo via Evening Standard

 

Engaged: February 26, 1960; Windsor Castle

Married: May 6, 1960; Westminster Abbey

Princess Margaret, the Queen’s younger sister, announced her engagement to Antony Armstrong-Jones in February 1960. The couple wed at Westminster Abbey in the first televised royal wedding in history. The couple’s marriage lasted nearly two decades until they divorced in 1978.

 

Princess Anne and Mark Phillips

Photo via The Telegraph

 

Engaged: May 29, 1973
Married: November 14, 1973; Westminster Abbey

Princess Anne, the Queen’s only daughter, first bonded with her future husband, army lieutenant Mark Phillips, over a love of horses. Their engagement was shared publicly on May 29, 1973 and the pair were married in 1973 at Westminster Abbey in a wedding that was seen by a television audience of approximately 500 million people around the world.

 

Prince Charles and Princess Diana

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Engaged: February 24, 1981; Windsor Castle

Married: July 29, 1981; St. Paul’s Cathedral

Charles and Diana married in July 1981 with 750 million people watching worldwide. Princess Diana wore an antique lace dress with a 25-foot train, and her £30,000 engagement ring featured a 12-carat oval sapphire surrounded by 14 diamonds all set in white gold. The couple first met when the prince, then 29, was dating Diana’s older sister. They divorced in 1996.

 

Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson

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Engaged: February 19, 1986; Scotland Floors Castle

Married: July 24, 1986; Westminster Abbey

Prince Andrew proposed to Ferguson at Scotland’s Floors Castle on his 26th birthday. He later presented her with a custom-made white-and-yellow gold ring set with a Burmese ruby (to complement her red hair) and 10 drop-diamonds. The Duke and Duchess of York decided to separate ten years later in 1996.

 

Prince Edward and Sophie Rhys-Jones

Photo via The Sun

 

Engaged: Over the Christmas holidays in 1998; Bahamas

Married: June 19, 1999; St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle

Prince Edward, Queen Elizabeth II’s youngest son, started dating Sophie Rhys-Jones in 1993. The couple got engaged during the Christmas holidays in 1998, whilst on holiday on Windermere Island in the Bahamas. He proposed with a white gold ring set with a two-carat oval diamond and two heart-shaped gemstones. The Earl and Countess of Wessex now have two children, Louise and James, and have been together for 18 years.

 

Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles

Photo via The Telegraph

 

Engaged: February 10, 2005

Married: April 9, 2005; St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle

Years after his divorce from his late ex-wife Princess Diana, Prince Charles married Camilla Parker Bowles. The pair had first met in 1971 and eventually a couple. Though Charles and Camilla broke up in 1973, it’s rumored that they started to see each other again in 1980. They announced their engagement in February of 2005. The Prince married Camilla later that year, making her Duchess of Cornwall and stepmother to Prince William and Prince Harry.

 

Prince William and Kate Middleton

Photo via The Telegraph

 

Engaged: November 16, 2010; Kenya

Married: April 29, 2011; Westminster Abbey

After eight years of dating, the prince finally proposed to Middleton while they were on holiday in Kenya in October of 2010. William chose the timing and location very carefully, as Kenya has long been one of the royal family’s favorite places to visit. The prince asked for Kate’s hand using his late mother’s sapphire-and-diamond as a way of making sure Princess Diana shared in the special moment.

 

Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall

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Engaged: December 2010

Married: July 30, 2011; Canongate Kirk

Rugby player Mike Tindall proposed as the couple watched a film on their sofa just a few days before Christmas in 2010. He presented the royal with a platinum ring featuring a solitaire diamond surrunded by pave-set stones. For their relatively relaxed nuptials, Phillips wore a dress made of an ivory silk and accessorized the look with a diamond tiara borrowed from her mother, Princess Anne.

 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Photo via Hello!

 

Engaged: November 27, 2017, London

Married: May 19, 2018, Windsor Castle

The wedding of the year is taking place this Saturday. Harry got down on one knee and popped the question during a quiet evening at the Prince’s home of Nottingham Cottage whilst cooking a chicken roast. Meghan’s ring was designed by Harry himself, which was then made by court jewelers Cleave and Company using one diamond sourced from Botswana and two smaller stones from Princess Diana’s collection.

 

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