Princess Anne upped ante with £20k second engagement ring from husband Timothy Laurence

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Princess Anne is Queen Elizabeth II’s only daughter. She has been married twice in her life. Her marriage to her second husband, Timothy Laurence, has latest 28 years.

Timothy Laurence was a Commander in the Royal Navy and the pair met while he was serving on the Royal Yacht Britannia.

Their relationship developed as he worked for Queen Elizabeth II as an equerry in 1989.

The couple married near Balmoral Castle in Scotland, with 30 guests in attendance.

It was a second marriage, meaning the couple had to marry in the Church of Scotland.

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At the time of the wedding, the Chuch of England would not ordain second marriages.

To mark their engagement Timothy gave Anne a sapphire engagement ring.

In fact, it was very similar to her previous engagement ring from her first husband Mark Phillips.

However, this ring is worth almost double, according to an expert.

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Head of bespoke at 77 Diamonds Anna Buyers told about the gorgeous ring.

Princess Anne’s engagement ring from Timothy features a sapphire in a cabochon cut.

This means the stone is polished into a dome shape, rather than cute.

“Anne’s second ring has a slightly smaller sapphire accompanied by two diamonds on either side,” Anna said.

“The sapphire is of a deep blue colour intensity, with two side stones that look to be around 0.5 carats each.

“It’s a very elegant, vintage design that sits beautifully on the finger.

“Because of the size of the stones, I would say this engagement ring would cost around £20,000 to create.”

Princess Anne’s first wedding, to Mark Phillips, a lieutenant in the 1st Queen’s Dragoon Guards, took place in 1973.

The couple had a large royal wedding with all the typical pomp and circumstance, watched on TV by 100 million people.

The couple had two children together, Peter Phillips and Zara Tindall.

Tonight Princess Anne: The 7 Loves of Her Life will air on Channel 5.

The documentary will look at the romantic relationships in Princess Anne’s life.

They include Olympic equestrian gold-medallist Richard Meade and Andrew Parker Bowles, who would go on to marry Camilla, now Anne’s sister-in-law.

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