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Princess Margaret and Antony Armstrong-Jones

Princess Margaret’s engagement to photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones took the media circuit by surprise as she had worked hard to keep the romance under wraps.
After her first engagement to Peter Townsend was rejected by the Church of England due to his previous divorce, the princess accepted a proposal from Lord Snowdon.

The couple announced their engagement on 26 February 1960 and their nuptials were the first to be broadcast on television drawing in over 300 million viewers worldwide. Her engagement ring featured a rosebud-shaped ruby designed to honour her middle name, Rose. [Photo: Getty]

From Charles and Diana to Eugenie and Jack: A brief history of royal engagements

Danielle Fowler
Freelance Writer

With the news that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are engaged, we decided to take a trip down memory lane and revisit the most famous royal engagements of years gone by.

The story of how Prince Philip designed his wife Queen Elizabeth II’s engagement ring wouldn’t look out of place in a fairy tale.

While the sapphire ring Prince Charles used to propose to Princess Diana has undoubtedly taken on a legacy of its own.

From Princess Margaret’s second proposal to the royal wedding of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, take a look back at the most romantic royal engagements in history.

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