While royal weddings are still grandiose public events, marriage proposal still retains a touch of intimacy and romanticism, in stark contrast to the usual restraint of titled persons. Many are convinced that the details of iconic royal engagements are sometimes more interesting than the most magnificent celebrations that follow them.
Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank
Jack Brooksbank has chosen the perfect time and place to propose to his beloved. The couple was preparing to meet 2018 in Nicaragua. Jack prepared an amazing ring for the princess, which he presented to her at sunset on the lake (read also: Symbols and signs: secrets of Princess Eugenia's engagement ring). Later, Eugene confessed to TV presenter Matt Baker that she cried during this "incredible moment." “The lake was so beautiful, there was a special light, and I said, 'This is an incredible moment,' and then he asked a question, which was really amazing despite the fact that we had been together for seven years. It was the perfect moment because we knew it would end this way. I was in seventh heaven with happiness and cried, "said Princess Eugenia.
Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson
This couple instantly charmed the British with their romance and obvious "chemistry" that arose between young people from the very moment they met. Even Princess Diana envied the romance of the relationship between Andrew and Sarah, who actually brought her brother-in-law with her best friend (see also: Ideal couple: why Diana was jealous of Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew's marriage). The Queen's middle son did not need to think too long to decide on a crucial step. Andrew proposed to Sarah on his 26th birthday at a special place for both of them - Scottish Castle Floors, where they kissed for the first time. The prince gave Miss Ferguson a custom-made ring with a Burmese ruby flattering her head of red hair, surrounded by ten diamonds.
Crown Princess Victoria and Danielle Westling
Sweden's Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel have celebrated ten years since their engagement was announced in February this year. The crown prince, once a personal trainer, recounted the day when he knelt in front of his beloved: “It was a beautiful sunny day. The atmosphere was fantastic, although of course I was a little nervous. I was hoping for a positive answer, but I was not completely sure. " Crown Princess Victoria intervened in his story, saying: "And I said: YES-YES-YES-YES!" The union, which could have once been dubbed a mesalliance, was not hindered, and the lovers played a wedding that brought together many guests from all over the world, including representatives of the most ancient royal houses (read also: Swedish fairy tale: 7 facts about the wedding of Crown Princess Victoria and the Prince Daniel). The couple are happy to this day.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
As you know, Prince Harry soon realized that he was in love with Miss Markle completely and irrevocably. This thought came to him during a trip to Africa, timed to coincide with the 32nd anniversary of His Highness (read also: Prince in love: how and where Harry realized that Meghan was his destiny). After a year of relationship, Harry decided to ask his beloved a cherished question. Then the couple lived in Nottingham Cottage on the territory of Kensington Palace. The prince got down on one knee as he and Megan cooked dinner together. In his first interview after the engagement, Her Majesty's grandson said: “It happened a few weeks ago, earlier this month, here in our cottage; it was a typical evening for us. " But, apparently, this is the whole romance of the prince - he took Megan by surprise when she was fried chicken in the kitchen. The affectionate actress admitted that it was an "amazing surprise"and that it was “so sweet, natural and very romantic,” adding that Harry, of course, got down on one knee.
Prince Carl Philip and Sophia Hellquist
The Swedish prince Carl Philip is obviously of the same sort of man as Prince Harry. One morning he got up earlier than his beloved Sophia and nervously waited for her to wake up. He decided to propose to her on a very ordinary day, surprising her with his early rise. “I woke up several times the night before, I don't know if Sofia noticed. I wanted it to be a surprise,”the prince later admitted.
Sofia, who usually wakes up first, added, “He did manage to surprise me, but I really thought he was strangely rested that morning. However, I never imagined it would end like this. Everyone who knows Karl Philip will immediately notice that he is an incredibly modest, warm and kind person. The more I got to know him, the stronger my love for him became."
Zara Phillips and Mike Tyndall
After seven years of relationship, Mike Tyndall proposed to Princess Anne's only daughter, Zara Phillips, while they watched a movie together at home. It was just before Christmas 2010. The rugby player gave his bride a platinum ring with a stunning diamond surrounded by smaller stones. The couple announced the upcoming wedding, appearing in front of the cameras in the most direct attire - jeans, T-shirts and sweatshirts.
The union was approved by the august relatives, but some of the groom's relatives still doubted the need to marry, considering such a marriage a misalliance (read also: Happiness in spite of: who and why was against the wedding of Zara and Mike Tyndall). Nevertheless, everything ended well for Zara and Mike (except for the request of Princess Anna to "fix" the groom's nose by resorting to the help of a plastic surgeon).
Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli-Mozzi
The long-awaited wedding of "Britain's last unmarried princess" took place this summer. The eldest daughter of the Duke of York did not report the exact time when her lover, a successful British developer and a descendant of Italian aristocrats, invited her to become his wife, but it is known that this happened during a vacation in Italy. Beatrice and Edoardo flew to Rome for their friends' wedding - perhaps this event was the reason for the couple to move to the next level in the relationship. The wedding of lovers is also still full of mysteries: for example, the audience was able to see the kiss of the newlyweds only a few months after the wedding (read also: First kiss of a husband and wife: the most romantic photo from the wedding of Princess Beatrice). The pandemic clearly played into the hands of newlyweds, who prefer to share the details of their personal lives only with relatives.
Crown Prince Frederick and Mary Donaldson
The Danish prince Frederick took Miss Donaldson to Rome to ask her a cherished question. His Highness wrote about this in his own biography. “I decided that I would propose to Mary in Rome, prepared a wedding ring and made sure that I could be alone with her,” he said about the prepared romantic gesture. “It worked great. Not only because I wanted to fall to my knees, but also because this is the most correct way. Then I simply said: 'You cannot answer ‚no', you must not say‚ no ', you must say ‚yes.' And then she said yes, and there was a lot of beauty and happiness in it. We were happy and there were only two of us."
Prince Edward and Sophie Rhys-Jones
The Count and Countess of Wessex have been happily married for over two decades. Edward and Sophie formalized their relationship after a very long romance - in the late 1990s, no one wanted to rush things after everything that happened to the royal family over the years (read also: Love not at first sight: the quiet happiness of Edward and Sophie of Wessex). In 1998, Her Majesty's youngest son Prince Edward finally proposed to his longtime girlfriend Sophie. It happened during the Christmas holidays on Windermere Island in the Bahamas. His Highness presented his bride with a white gold ring with a two carat diamond and two heart-shaped gems. Good news was shared immediately after the holidays.
Prince William and Kate Middleton
Although the couple officially announced their engagement on November 16, 2010, the future heir to the crown posed a cherished question to the girl, whom he had been dating for nine years, during a trip to Kenya a month before. In the first joint interview after the engagement announcement, William explained that he had been hatching a plan for some time and carried his mother's engagement ring in his backpack for three weeks before proposing. The prince added that he was very afraid of losing the family jewelry with sapphire and diamonds.
Later, William admitted that he decided to disregard one old-fashioned tradition for fear of rejection (see also: Which tradition William broke by proposing to Kate). Kate called the proposal "very romantic", adding that it was "complete shock." However, the couple did not deny that they had repeatedly discussed the topic of marriage in the previous year.
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