Kate’s ‘something borrowed’ and ‘something blue’ paid tribute to two royals on wedding day


Brides historically have made sure their wedding outfits include ‘something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue’ based on the popular rhyme. And it appears Kate Middleton stuck to this tradition when she married Prince William in 2011, as three jewellery items may well have been chosen specifically to be the old, new, borrowed and blue in Kate’s wedding ensemble.

Something blue

For her something blue, Kate’s dress included a subtly stitched blue ribbon.

But when dressed in her wedding reception outfit, Kate was pictured wearing her dark blue sapphire engagement ring that previously belonged to her late mother-in-law, Princess Diana.

Lorna Haddon, head of diamonds and jewellery at Beaverbrooks, told Express.co.uk that Kate’s engagement ring “holds a stunning 12-carat oval blue sapphire, surrounded by fourteen smaller solitaire diamonds.”

She added: “The sapphire and diamonds are set in a slim 18-carat white gold band, which accentuates the central piece and draws the eye into those incredible stones.

“A family heirloom, Kate’s ring once belonged to Prince William’s mother, Princess Diana, and has incredible sentimental value to the Prince.

“William explained that by Kate wearing his mother’s engagement ring, he felt that Diana was with them on their wedding day.”

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