'Smitten even in early days': Kate Middleton given 'enormously romantic' ring from William

Kate Middleton and Prince William met 10 years before they said “I do”. The Duchess of Cambridge has sported many lavish jewels during this time.

One particular band was worn by Kate many years before she wed her husband.

The piece was thought to be a gift from Prince William with “romantic” symbolism, CEO of LeVian Eddie Levian explained.

“This beautiful, delicate ring is understated in style, but the very personal message hidden within it from a future King makes it an enormously romantic royal jewel,” he told Express.co.uk.

“William gifted Kate this Victorian rose gold band encrusted with pearls and garnets, while they were still at St Andrews University where they met as students.”

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The Duchess of Cambridge chose to wear the ring at her graduation in 2005.

“It’s no surprise Kate was seen wearing it at her graduation,” the expert continued.

“It is a milestone marking her own achievements but also a day which put her on the threshold of a new chapter in her life together with William beyond university.”

Not only is the simple band stunning to look at, Eddie commented on the symbolism.

The rings features the birthstones of Prince William and Kate.

Eddie suggested this could have shown the future monarch’s commitment to Kate even in the early days.

He detailed: “The ring is adorned with both Kate and William’s birthstones, in a celebration of their bond and the beginning of their intertwined destiny.

“Pearls are a June birthstone – William was born in June – and they symbolise love, purity, humility and innocence.

“Garnets are the birthstone for January, when Kate was born, and were named by the ancient Greeks for their colour resembling pomegranate seeds.

“Garnets signify protection and are thought to promote confidence and mental clarity.

“Even though Kate graduated in 2005, and the couple married much later in 2011, this ring goes to prove that William was smitten with Kate even in those early days.”

Just a few years later, Prince William proposed to Kate with the sapphire and diamond engagement ring which once belonged to Princess Diana.

source: express.co.uk