The Queen and Prince Philip’s only daughter, Princess Anne, married her first husband Captain Mark Phillips in 1973. To mark her engagement, Anne was given a sapphire engagement ring. Upon her engagement to her future second husband, Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, Anne was also given another blue sapphire engagement ring. Read on to find out more about the design, value and hidden meanings behind these royal engagement rings.
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Princess Anne has been married twice, first to Captain Mark Phillips, who she later divorced, and then Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence.
Both of Anne’s engagement rings have featured blue sapphires, a popular choice for royal engagement rings.
Anne’s engagement ring from her first husband Captain Mark Phillips featured a blue cabochon sapphire with one diamond on either side of it.
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What are the hidden meanings behind Anne’s engagement rings?
Like Princess Diana’s engagement ring, which now belongs to Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, Anne also has a sapphire engagement ring.
And according to a jewellery expert, sapphires are often associated with “loyal” and “hard-working” people.
Therefore, the choice of a blue sapphire engagement ring for Anne can be seen as fitting, given her reputation as one of the Royal Family’s hardest workers.
Leading engagement ring specialist Max Stone said: “It’s interesting that just like Princess Diana, Princess Anne received sapphire engagement rings rather than traditional diamond rings.
“Blue sapphires are often linked to people who are respectful, loyal, hard-working, and honest, which only makes these rings even more special.
“The Royal Family are huge fans of sapphires, a stone which is traditionally believed to attract abundance and blessings.
“Historically it has been used to protect against negative energies, as well as calm the mind, strengthen intuition, and invite spiritual clarity.”