Kate Middleton’s engagement ring belonged to Princess Diana
          

Future princess Kate Middleton was showed off her engagement ring, which once belonged to Princess Diana, at a special press conference and interview today.

This ring obviously links Kate to the myth of Princess Diana, but William claims that this isn’t about creating a Diana 2.0:

“It’s about carving your own future. No one is trying to fill my mother’s shoes. . . [but the ring] “is my way of keeping her close to it all.”

REFILE - A pair of photographs show Kate Middleton (L), fiance of Britain's Prince William posing in London November 16, 2010 and William's mother Diana, Princess of Wales, wearing the same engagment ring in London in an August 28, 1996 file photo. Britain's Prince William is to marry his long-term girlfriend Kate Middleton next year, after an on-off courtship lasting nearly a decade, bringing months of speculation about his intentions to an end.  REUTERS/Paul Hackett/Dan Chung (BRITAIN - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY ROYALS PROFILE)
Kate Middleton (L) proudly displays the ring once worn by Princess Diana (R)
Photo: REUTERS/Paul Hackett/Dan Chung

Apparently Kate received the ring only on the good graces of her future brother-in-law Harry. When Princess Diana died in 1997 Harry chose to possess this sapphire ring, while William took a gold Cartier watch.

The large sapphire ring is surrounded by 14 diamonds in 18k gold. It cost Prince Charles about $40,000 when he bought it for Di in 1981.

A video of the engagement press conference:

Prince William had been contemplating proposing to Kate for a while, and finally did it three weeks ago during a trip to Kenya:

And a couple more parting glances of the ring:

Kate Middleton holds the arm of her fiance Britain's Prince William as they pose for a photograph in St. James's Palace, in central London November 16, 2010. Britain's Prince William is to marry his long-term girlfriend Kate Middleton next year, after an on-off courtship lasting nearly a decade, bringing months of speculation about his intentions to an end.  REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett (BRITAIN - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY ROYALS PROFILE)

Kate Middleton holds the arm of her fiance Britain's Prince William as they pose for a photograph in St. James's Palace, in central London November 16, 2010. Britain's Prince William is to marry his long-term girlfriend Kate Middleton next year, after an on-off courtship lasting nearly a decade, bringing months of speculation about his intentions to an end.  REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett (BRITAIN - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY ROYALS PROFILE)

All Photos: REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett (unless otherwise noted)


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