Elizabeth II, Queen of England is surely no stranger to wearing expensive – correction, super-expensive – jewelry. After all, it’s her royal duty to do so and it’s in her job description! But, of all the riches and precious jewels she has at her disposal, there is one item she holds closest to her heart – and that’s her engagement ring.
Setting aside the fact that she and her husband Philip are, you know, third cousins, our focus today is the engagement ring – or basically, the fascinating story behind it.
Namely, Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, crafted the ring with the help of a jeweler, wanting to make sure that the prize he was offering to his beloved Queen was definitely original. But the history of the priceless rock on the ring is what’s even more fascinating here, as Tiphero reports. And trust me, it has quite a history!
The precious stone was part of the royal tiara of Prince Philip’s mother – Princess Alice of Battenberg who passed away in 1969. She gave the jewelry to her son in hope that one day, he would find a purpose for it. But that’s tracking the gem back to Philip mother’s tiara – how about before that?
Well, before that, it gets even more interesting. The tiara itself was a wedding gift to Princess Alice by – wait for iiiiit – Tsar Nicholas II and Tsaritsa Alexandra of Russia who were assassinated after the October Revolution. Wow. What a history the ring has.
So basically, the Queen of England wears a Russian diamond on her engagement ring. The world is a small place if you are blue-blooded.
Here’s a video, in case you need a repeat of today’s history lesson:
That being said, what do you think about this royal heirloom? What could it mean? Besides the obvious, of course… I, for one, find it strangely comforting. If royalty from different countries award each other such tokens of appreciation, then, my good folks, the world will be a peaceful place.
But, of course, that’s just me.