Felipe requested former journalist Letizia for her hand in marriage in 2003 and, a 12 months later, the 2 wed. Letizia regarded beautiful in a high-neck ivory robe, tiara, and lengthy veil. She wore her engagement ring on her huge day too, however the jewel hasn’t been seen since. Why is that this?
Felipe gave his fiancée on the time an exquisite white gold ring that includes 16 small baguette-cut diamonds.
The ring is described as an “eternity design” because it has no central stone, and it was made by Spanish designer Suárez.
Various consultants have beforehand estimated the worth of the ring, with gemologist Alexandra Michell, from Prestige Pawnbrokers, inserting it at a whopping £35,000.
She mentioned: “It is a very impressive full hoop diamond eternity ring set with princess-cut diamonds totalling approximately 5ct and set in platinum.
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“The diamonds in this ring are of exceptional colour and clarity and worth in excess of £35,000.”
Despite its big worth right this moment, Letizia by no means wears her ring and it hasn’t been seen in public since her wedding ceremony day.
There are two attainable causes for this – one being that the Spanish Queen reportedly determined to cease carrying the ring on account of it hurting her hand.
She as soon as defined that “the continuous handshakes at the receptions had injured her hand”.
The second purpose, which hasn’t been confirmed by the Spanish royals, is that Letizia not has the ring as a result of she returned it to the store, in accordance with Spanish journalists and authors Esteban Urreiztieta and Eduardo Inda.
In a biography concerning the Spanish Royal Family, known as Urdangarin, the authors defined that King Felipe had despatched his brother-in-law, Iñaki Urdangarin, to gather the ring from the jewelry store situated in Barcelona.
At the time, the ring reportedly value £3,000.
Esteban and Eduardo claimed Iñaki paid for the ring utilizing his firm’s bank card, which was Nóos.
This was a personal firm that Iñaki based – and the rationale why he was despatched to jail.
Currently nonetheless serving his five-year sentence, the King’s brother-in-law was discovered responsible of tax fraud, embezzlement, and affect peddling.
The royal authors claimed that is the rationale why Queen Letizia “decided to return the ring to the shop”, and thus doesn’t – and may’t – put on the jewel.
When Letizia married Felipe in 2004, she turned a Princess, and solely a decade later, when her husband ascended the throne did she develop into Queen.
On her big day, Letizia wore a putting, off-white, silk robe with a high-standing collar, designed by 87-year-old Spanish couturier Manuel Pertegaz.
The collar featured heavy white embroidery depicting the fleur-de-lys and ears of wheat, that are particulars from the crest of the Prince of Asturias.
Letizia accomplished the look with a practice, which was stored in place by Queen Sofia’s diamond tiara.