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The engagement ring presented to a princess as a reminder of the country she left behind

An engagement ring can have a special meaning, and royal engagement rings are no different.

When it came time for Prince Joachim of Denmark to propose to his French girlfriend, Marie Cavallier, he did so with a unique engagement ring that he knew would hold a special place in Marie’s heart and his.

The Prince chose a gold band with a ruby, diamond and sapphire to present to his future bride during a summer in Turkey, and the ring looks like the French flag.

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He knew Marie would have to renounce her French citizenship and become a Dane, so with this engagement ring, he was able to give Marie a piece of her country to carry with her each day.

During their engagement interview, Joachim said, “Some will notice that it does resemble the French flag to some extent,” with Marie saying, “So I keep a bit of the French [with me].”

France is also a special place for Joachim, who is half-French through his late father, Prince Henrik (born Henri Laborde de Monpezat). Henrik spent the majority of his early years in France and French Indochina. Even after marrying Crown Princess Margrethe (and later becoming her Prince Consort when she became Queen Margrethe), Henrik kept an attachment to France. The Prince owned Château de Cayx in the south of France, where his family spends time to this day.

Joachim may have gotten inspiration for this ring from his older brother, Crown Prince Frederik, who proposed to Mary Donaldson (now Crown Princess Mary) with a ring that mimicked the Danish flag.

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Brittani is from Tennessee, USA. She is a political scientist and historian after graduating with a degree in the topics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in December 2014. She also holds a master's degree from Northeastern University. She enjoys reading and researching all things regarding the royals of the world. She's been researching, reading, and writing on royalty for over a decade. She became Europe Editor in October 2016, and then Deputy Editor in January 2019, and has been featured on several podcasts, radio shows, news broadcasts and websites including Global News Canada, ABC News Australia, WION India and BBC World News.