Search
Close this search box.

Wedding Wednesday: The Queen Mother

When you think of trend setters and fashion plates, I'm guessing the Queen Mother, Queen Elizabeth's mum, known also as Elizabeth I, doesn't come to mind. But it seems, in her own right, she was. At least when it comes to engagement rings.
Wedding Wednesday: The Queen Mother
The Duchess of York, as she was known at the time, wearing her original engagement ring and holding the future Queen Elizabeth.

When you think of trend setters and fashion plates, I’m guessing the Queen Mother, Queen Elizabeth’s mum, known also as Elizabeth, doesn’t come to mind. But it seems, in her own right, she was. At least when it comes to engagement rings.

Wedding Wednesday: The Queen Mother
The Queen Mother wearing her original engagement ring, just after her engagement was announced.

You have to go back to photos shortly after her engagement and wedding to see it, but there it is, a sapphire and diamond sparkler, given to her by the current Queen’s father, George. At the time, he was still the Duke of York. He later became king, after his brother’s abdication (which occurred so Edward could marry Wallis Simpson, but that’s another story).

The Duke and Duchess of York, not yet King and Queen, parents to the current Queen, Elizabeth II.

You can still see it in photos when she’s holding baby Elizabeth. But later in life, perhaps after the King’s death, she began wearing a pearl ring in its place. Often times, people confuse Camilla’s engagement ring, given to her by Prince Charles, as the Queen Mother’s former engagement ring. While the Queen Mum did own and wear the 5ct diamond sparkler, it was simply referred to as a family piece, but was not her actual engagement ring.

While the Queen Mum did own and wear the engagement ring now belonging to Camilla, she did not herself receive it as an engagement ring.

So, there you have it. Princess Diana, Kate Middleton and many other royals in the family have the Queen Mother to thank for setting the sapphire and diamond engagement ring trend. Do you like it or do you prefer the current tradition of a diamond center stone? I can’t wait to hear your thoughts below on this one! 😉

Comments

5 Responses

  1. I wore a nice emerald cut diamond ring when I was young and engaged to my first husband. After raising children and widowhood I chose a bright pink sapphire surrounded by diamonds to celebrate the joy of a late in life romance and marriage.

  2. I really like the sapphire engagement ring as it has more “character” for me. Big diamonds are nice, but I personally like pops of color and blue looks very royal. I found this article through instagram. My IG is @antique.castle.rings

    Lovely post you wrote, thankyou!

    Aricia

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Stay in touch

Open the Jewel Box