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The prince who proposed to a future queen with a jewel inspired by an empress

While royal engagement rings are typically impressive based on their size, value, and history, there are some that are more unique than others. Queen Margrethe of Denmark’s engagement ring is particularly special among her peers. 

The then-Princess Margrethe of Denmark met Henri de Laborde de Monpezat, a French diplomat, in the early 1960s while she was studying at the London School of Economics. By 1966, they were seeking approval from the Danish parliament in order to marry. 

Margrethe’s sparkling ring in close up as holds her newborn son, Frederik
(NORDFOTO 1996, Wiki Commons)

Henri, who would go by Henrik once married, presented Margrethe with a toi et moi style engagement ring. These “you and me” rings feature two main stones instead of one; one stone represents the bride and one the groom. It is meant to emphasise the relationship between the couple.

French firm Van Cleef and Arpels created the toi et moi ring that features a pair of square-cut diamonds that are mounted diagonally on the yellow gold band. 

Margrethe is not the first royal bride to receive one of these rings, though. Josephine de Beauharnais received a two-stoned ring from Napoleon Bonaparte, the ring that is believed to have started this trend. 

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