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Striking Portraits of Kate Middleton & Prince William Standing Alone for Engagement Announcement Resurface

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As royal enthusiasts, we love looking at throwback photos of the British royal family. And in the spirit of taking a (royal) trip down memory lane, we stumbled upon the striking pictures taken of Kate Middleton and Prince William on the day they announced their engagement to the world in November 2010.

In case you need a refresher: Clarence House confirmed William and Princess Catherine’s engagement on November 16, 2010. At the time, the royal residence shared in a statement that the couple, who met while attending St. Andrews University in 2001, would get married the following year.

Before they sat down for their first-ever joint interview as a newly engaged couple, Prince William and his soon-to-be wife posed for a series of photos in the State Apartments of St. James Palace.

The striking portrait below (taken by royal photographer Chris Jackson) shows the pair beaming at each other.

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Another photo shows the future king and queen candidly laughing at the camera.

Chris Jackson/Getty Images

For the memorable occasion, Princess Catherine was rocking a dark blue wrap dress by Issa, which she paired with black pumps and minimal jewelry. Meanwhile, Prince William was wearing a navy blue suit with a blue/purple tie and black loafers.

As seen below, the Prince of Wales stands with his hands clasped while Catherine drapes her hand through his arm—a nearly identical pose to Princess Diana’s engagement picture with King Charles.

Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Lastly, the bride-to-be offered a

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Why Meghan Markle Hasn’t Been Wearing Engagement Ring From Harry

Meghan Markle Hasn t Been Wearing Her Engagement Ring From Prince Harry — But There s a Good Reason 257 260

Meghan Markle, Prince Harry.
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Meghan Markle was spotted without her engagement ring while attending the Invictus Games with Prince Harry — but there’s a perfectly good explanation. 

Meghan, 42, was without the diamond because it’s currently being serviced after the setting came loose, a source tells Us Weekly. The Duchess of Sussex was first seen sans ring when she and Harry, 38, attended the Family & Friends party on Tuesday, September 12. The accessory was missing once again when the pair stepped out for the wheelchair basketball tournament the following day. 

Harry designed the ring with Cleave & Company, who also served as the late Queen Elizabeth II’s regular jeweler. Harry told BBC during a post-engagement interview in November 2017 that he used a new rock from Africa — where he and Meghan spent time together early in their relationship — combined with diamonds that his mom, Princess Diana, once wore. 

“The ring is yellow gold, because that’s [Meghan’s] favorite, and the main stone itself I sourced from Botswana, and the little diamonds on either side are from my mother’s jewelry collection to make sure that she’s with us on this — on this crazy journey together,” he said.

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Meghan, for her part, gushed over the design at the

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