Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip will be celebrating their 73rd wedding anniversary in November 2020. Before they reach another milestone again, a royal expert revealed exceptional detail about their marriage.
Royal author Ingrid Seward penned the book Prince Philip: A Portrait of the Duke of Edinburgh, where she detailed the wedding ring Queen Elizabeth II wore.
According to Seward, when Her Majesty and Prince Philip got married in November 1947, the duke gave her a ring made of Welsh gold.
The gold is the same material used to create Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton’s rings.
But aside from its whopping composition, Seward revealed the most special component of the ring.
What made Queen’s ring special?
In the book, the royal author revealed that Queen Elizabeth II’s ring has an inscription inside. However, no one knows what it is until now.
“[The Queen] never takes it off, and inside the ring is an inscription,” she wrote.
However, she also disclosed that only three people know what the ring says – Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II, and the engraver.
Aside from that heartwarming move, the Duke of Edinburgh got also spared from any expense of buying the ring.
The Welsh of gold, reportedly, came from the people of Wales.
Meanwhile, Seward also said that the prince repurposed Her Majesty’s engagement ring.
Queen’s Engagement Ring
Prince Philip surely knows how to impress Queen Elizabeth II that he encrusted her engagement ring with several diamonds.
The said expensive pieces came from the tiara of the prince’s mother, Princess Alice of Battenberg.
But before it landed on Princess Alice’s head, the actual tiara has a stretching history. Initially, Tsar Nicholas II and Tsarina Alexandra of Russia owned the precious tiara.
Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II’s Wedding
In 1934, the two royals first met when they attended the wedding of Prince George, Duke of Kent, and Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark.
During that time, they had to wait for years since Prince Philip still had an active military career under the Royal Navy. Finally, they got engaged in 1947 and waited for four months for their wedding day.
They held the royal wedding at Westminster Abbey, and over 200 million people watched the BBC Radio broadcast. Queen Elizabeth then became the 10th member of the British royal family to hold her wedding at the collegiate church.
The two will celebrate their anniversary again. But due to the coronavirus pandemic, there might be no gatherings to mark their special day.
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