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Prince William gives Kate his Mum's engagement ring

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Maryqueenoftots Tue 16-Nov-10 17:29:53

He says it is to make him feel like his mother is part of the wedding which, under the circumstances is a completely understandable sentiment. Must have been awful for him to lose her at such a young age and difficult now to get married without her being there. Not sure I would fancy that ring if I were the soon to be Princess Catherine though, given the way Chas and Diana's marriage turned out.

That said, she was hardly in a position to knock it back I suppose.

phipps Tue 16-Nov-10 17:30:50

Your post started off so nicely.

NormalityBites Tue 16-Nov-10 17:32:02


Sarsaparilllla Tue 16-Nov-10 17:33:40

Meh to the rest of it, but I think given the economy at the moment I think it's nice to have given her that than find out he's spent a bloody fortune on a new one

scaryteacher Tue 16-Nov-10 17:41:38

He evidently adored his mother. It's lovely to see that he still acknowledges how important she was to him.

ninah Tue 16-Nov-10 17:43:49

are they getting married then?

MollieO Tue 16-Nov-10 17:44:07

Not sure I'd want something that was the symbol of my late mil's unhappiness. hmm

ConstanceFelicity Tue 16-Nov-10 17:45:57

I used my late mother's wedding ring as my own, although she and my father had seperated before she died. It's lovely to have something she wore with me.

ChateauDeLaShite Tue 16-Nov-10 17:46:10

It was a bit 80s as well

Maryqueenoftots Tue 16-Nov-10 17:50:06

It was a bit 80's. Expect colored stones will come back in a big way now though. Elizabeth Duke will be ripping it off already

MollieO Tue 16-Nov-10 17:50:37

I think it is different if it is your own mother's. No idea of your circumstances but it is well publicised that Diana was unhappy in her marriage for pretty much all of it bar the first couple of years.

HalfTermHero Tue 16-Nov-10 18:16:01

Hmmmm. No, as Waity Katie I would have wanted better given how long Wills has had to save up for something special, lol.

BaroqueAroundTheClock Tue 16-Nov-10 18:21:46

"Diana was unhappy in her marriage for pretty much all of it bar the first couple of years."

so the ring is from a time when she was still very happy?

I think it's sweet.

curlymama Tue 16-Nov-10 18:52:11

I think it's sweet too.

herhonesty Tue 16-Nov-10 19:12:13

i think its bloody awful. bet camilla is none to pleased having to look at that ring again either.

Maisiethemorningsidecat Tue 16-Nov-10 19:14:32

LOL HalfTermHero grin

I'm not sure I'd want a rock on my finger that symbolised one of the most famously unhappy marriages in recent history, but she was probably so delighted to finally be asked that she would have taken anything.

herhonesty Tue 16-Nov-10 19:16:36

actually who are we kidding? its probably a pr scam.

AitchTwoOh Tue 16-Nov-10 19:19:03

i think it's very sweet. surprised by the cynicism, tbh...

herbietea Tue 16-Nov-10 19:28:56

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SausageMonster Tue 16-Nov-10 19:35:15

My first reaction was - Nooooo!

Then I heard why he did and and thought - OK

Then I wondered how Prince Charles would feel about that symbol of his failed marriage and thought - Tough he deserved it

But Herhonesty's point is best

Camilla will have to look at it - Yessss! Revenge is sweet.

MiasmARGGG Tue 16-Nov-10 19:38:13

It's the ugliest ring in the world.

Poor Kate having to wear it!

Avantia Tue 16-Nov-10 19:42:08

Damned if he gone out and splashed out on a super duper De Beers knuckle duster.

Damned if he has been a bit thrifty and given his mothers ring .

Good luck to them both .

BigChiefOrganiser Tue 16-Nov-10 19:45:19

I think it's a lovely idea. As I have no DDs I will be leaving my engagement / eternity rings to my DSs, and hope that they would use them in the same way.

pointydog Tue 16-Nov-10 19:53:42

I think it's nice.

RunawayChristmasTree Tue 16-Nov-10 20:03:43

I think it is lovely and I hope they are really happy together

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