05 August 2020 02:36
The gorgeous ring shows a penchant for sapphire engagement rings within the Royal Family predates Princess Diana's more famous stone. Mark Phillips and Anne met at a party in 1968. The announcement of their engagement was made three years later in 1973 and they wed the same year. Sadly, the couple separated in 1989, the same year Anne's relationship with her now-husband Timothy Laurence began to develop their relationship. They married on 12 December 1992 after Timothy gave Anne another sapphire engagement ring, indicating this stone must a be a favourite of the Princess Royal.
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