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Pippa Middleton's rare £250k engagement ring has special royal history

Princess Kate's sister has a stunning diamond ring

pippa middleton ring© Photo: Getty Images
Rachel Avery
Homes Editor
Updated: March 21, 2024
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Pippa Middleton's connection to the royal family is no secret, with her sister Princess Kate marrying Prince William back in 2011 after he presented her with Princess Diana's engagement ring.

However, Pippa's sparkling ring from her husband James Matthews also has a special royal history. The hedge fund manager, 47, proposed to Carole and Michael Middleton's daughter, 39, while they were walking in the Lake District in 2016, and gave her a stunning ring featuring an unusual Asscher cut diamond, which has a royal origin. 

The proposal

According to the Daily Mail, James wanted to follow tradition, so he asked Pippa's father Michael for her hand in marriage before the proposal, which took place against the backdrop of the rolling hills of the Lake District. The pair, who previously dated in 2012 before splitting, had only gotten together for a year before James got down on one knee.

Pippa's ring

A close-up of Pippa Middleton's ring© Alex B. Huckle
Pippa's stunning engagement ring is valued at £250,000

Pippa's dazzling diamond is thought to be around three carats and is surrounded by a unique octagonal halo of smaller gems, creating an eye-catching design. The style is reminiscent of a vintage ring, giving it bags of character.

The story behind the ring

A pregnant Pippa Midleton in a green dress© Chris Jackson
The stunning ring is known as an Asscher-cut diamond

The type of cut was invented in 1902 by Joseph Asscher, who formed what is now known as the Royal Asscher Diamond Company, a prestigious diamond cutter who provided jewels for Queen Juliana of the Netherlands.

Not only must Asscher-cut diamonds be very high-quality, since they can't hide blemishes, but antique ones are reportedly rare – so it comes as no surprise that The Independent has reported that Pippa's ring has a valuation of around £250,000.

Pippa Middleton and James Matthews kissing© Pool
Pippa and James married in 2017

The couple went on to have a spectacular wedding in 2017 with lots of royals in attendance. Pippa's nephew and niece Prince George and Princess Charlotte were part of their bridal party, along with her sister Princess Kate, formerly the Duchess of Cambridge.

Other guests included Prince Harry, Prince William, Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank. Also on the guestlist was Made in Chelsea star Spencer Matthews, who is the groom's brother.

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The bride looked incredible in a lace Giles Deacon gown, another nod to her love for vintage chic with a high Victorian neckline, voluminous A-line skirt and delicate cap sleeves.

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