Kate Middleton, 38, and Prince William, 37, have been married since April 2011. She often wears the famous sapphire engagement ring that once belonged to Princess Diana. However, a jewellery expert has revealed why she has started wearing another old ring again.
When appearing in public over the years, Kate often has all eyes on her to see what she is wearing.
Not only does she have a stylish wardrobe, but the mother-of-three has an enviable jewellery collection.
On a few occasions in the last couple of years, she has attracted attention with a stunning citrine ring.
The eye-catching jewel features a large citrine jewel and is yellow in colour.
Although it has turned heads in recent years, Kate was first seen in it before her wedding, Ben Johnson, Managing Director at Miltons Diamonds, explained.
He told Express.co.uk: “The ring looks like a very large citrine stone to me and judging by the size of it could be worth anything from £5,000 up to £20,000.
“Media reports have suggested that this ring is a new addition to the Duchess of Cambridge’s collection, but there is proof she owned it already, as she was photographed wearing it on a night out with Pippa in 2008.”
Since becoming a royal, Kate has established herself as a popular member of the family.
He added: “The citrine rock could also be making a reappearance because of what the stone is said to represent.
“It is widely claimed that the citrine crystal emanates optimism and can be used to direct personal will and decisiveness.
“This would explain the motivation behind Kate’s decision to wear it on occasions when she is not accompanied by the Duke of Cambridge, attending events on her own terms.
“She is an experienced royal now, capable and independent.”
By wearing the ring when on solo engagements, she could be showing her independence.
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How did Kate Middleton become a royal?
Kate Middleton, or Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, was born on 9 January 1982 at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading, England.
She was born to Michael and Carole Middleton, a former flight dispatcher and air hostess. The couple founded a party supplies company, Party Pieces, in 1987 – now estimated to be worth £30 million.
Kate has a younger sister Pippa Matthews, 34, and a younger brother James Middleton, 31.
Kate and her family moved to Amman, Jordan, in 1984, where the future Duchess was educated at an English-speaking nursery school.
After moving back to Berkshire the family sent Kate to private school, St Andrews School. She went on to briefly study at Downe House before moving onto Marlborough College where she boarded.
For university the young Kate attended the University of St Andrews in Fife, Scotland. Here she was awarded an undergraduate MA (2:1 Hons) in history of art.
Relationship with Prince William
Kate met Prince William when they were both studying at St Andrews, and both living in St Salvator’s Hall. Famously, William reportedly took a fancy to Kate after she wore a see-through dress during a fashion show.
In 2003 the couple began dating and lived together during their second year of university.
The couple split in April 2007, however, in October they were back together.
Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton with his late mother Princess Diana’s engagement ring in October 2010. The couple were holidaying in Kenya at the time.
On 29 April 2011 they married at Westminster Abbey with a whopping 26 million watching the event live.
Kate wore an Alexander McQueen dress worth a reported £250,000 on the big day.
Kate assumed the title “Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge” and also become the Duchess of Cambridge on the day.