The secret of Elizabeth II's wedding ring

The secret of Elizabeth II's wedding ring
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The secret of Elizabeth II's wedding ring.

In an airtight and controlled institution such as the British monarchy, it is normal to have secrets that the general public will never know. But we are amazed that today, 68 years after the coronation, we continue to find unpublished details about Elizabeth II. And we're not talking about the closed-door conversations she's had over the decades with world leaders, but about something that has been in the public eye all this time, like her wedding ring, reports the curious details of Vanity Fair.

The jewel that the Queen has never taken off her finger since her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh Philip, put it on during their wedding. A ceremony held almost 73 years ago (the anniversary will be celebrated on November 20), which is, among other things, the first royal wedding to be broadcast live on television around the world.

An important event that allows more than 200 million spectators from all continents to attend the moment when the princess and her chosen one still say "yes" to each other, not knowing that a few years later they will start together the longest reign in the history of England.

It seems simple, this gold ring is not worth a pound to the Duke of Edinburgh, who wanted to be forged for his wife from a huge piece of gold, which he received as a gift from the people of Wales on the occasion of his marriage. What no one knows is that the moment he took him to the jeweler, Philip asked him to engrave an inscription inside that no one, except him and the queen herself, had seen.

This was recently revealed by the writer Ingrid Seward, author of "Prince Philip: Portrait of the Duke of Edinburgh", an authorized biography of Elizabeth II's husband, which was published in England and which contains hitherto unknown facts such as that of the hidden message.

"The queen never waved the ring, and therefore no one was ever able to see what the duke wrote in it," says the royal biographer in the book. "The only ones who know this secret are the queen, her husband and the master who engraved the future prince's request," explains Seward, who also asserts that the duke was actively involved in making the ring with which he asked for Elizabeth II's hand.

He does it with the help of his mother, Princess Alice of Greece and Denmark, who offered a diamond tiara as a wedding gift so that he could create an engagement ring from it. To do this, Philip went to a local jeweler who turned the gems of this tiara into a brilliant solitaire of diamonds with five stones on each side and classic platinum fittings. Elizabeth says yes. The rest is history ...

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