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Royal Engagement Rings: A Look Back At The Most Envy-Inducing Bling (PHOTOS, POLL)

First Posted: 03/22/2011 7:44 am   Updated: 05/25/2011 6:40 pm

Ring-a-ding-ding!

By now, we're all familiar with Kate Middleton's engagement bling -- a sapphire surrounded by 14 diamonds, first worn by Diana back in 1981. But what do you know about other royals' pre-nuptial jewels?

Take a look at a few of our favorite (and most envy-inducing) royal engagement rings.

All captions from AOL's Royal Wedding page, where you can see even more famous engagement rings.

***For more royal wedding news, visit our Royal Wedding 2011 page.***

(Images by Getty or AP)

Princess Diana and Prince Charles, 1981
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After Charles' proposal (he did not immediately present Diana with a ring, so she could consider the implications of their marriage), Diana chose an 18-carat oval blue sapphire surrounded by 14 brilliant-cut diamonds and set in 18-carat white gold by Garrard Jewelers, the official crown jeweler for the British monarchy. This "store-bought" ring inspired many copies.
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