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Why Princess Catherine is often spotted without her engagement ring

 Kate Middleton's engagement ring

Kate Middleton’s engagement ring

Eagle-eyed royal fans have often noticed Princess Catherine stepping out without her precious engagement ring on her finger, but there’s a very practical reason she and many other royals do this.

Kate Middleton’s stunning 12-carat sapphire and diamond engagement ring may be the most famous piece of royal jewelry worn by a member of the family for the past century. The ring was given to Kate by her now-husband Prince William when he proposed back in 2010, but the piece had an incredibly meaningful history before this event.

The engagement ring was originally given to William’s mother, Princess Diana, by his father, King Charles III, when he proposed and upon her death, it passed down to Prince Harry before he gifted it to William. The style now goes by the name ‘Princess Diana’ in an ode to the late Princess of Wales.

With all that family history, as well as the ring symbolizing William and Kate’s eternal bond, it’s a sure fact that the ring is an important piece of jewelry for Kate. But while she regularly steps out in the piece, she will often be spotted without it during royal outings. Royal fans have been quick to point this out in the past, sometimes working themselves into a frenzy of worry over what it could possibly mean But now, ring experts have clarified that the habit is a very practical one and is a great one for others to copy.

Kate Middleton's engagement ring

Kate Middleton’s engagement ring

There is a clear pattern dictating when Kate will and will not wear her engagement ring. In January of 2023, when Kate visited the Royal Liverpool University Hospital to talk about the mental health resources on offer there, people quickly noticed that her ring finger was free of the bright sapphire

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