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Show us the ring! Royal engagements in pictures

A trip down memory lane with official royal engagement pictures.

The Prince of Wales has announced Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s engagement. While we wait for a first glimpse them as a bethrothed couple, here’s a look back at other royal engagements.

The Queen’s engagement to Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten was delayed until her 21st birthday in 1947.

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Queen and Prince Philip

Princess Anne and Mark Phillips met at the Munich Olympics in 1972. Their engagement was announced the following year.

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Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips

Prince William and Catherine Middleton posed for official pictures at St James’s Palace. The future duchess wore the prince’s late mother’s ring.

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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

Prince Andrew proposed to Sarah Ferguson on 19 February 1986, his 26th birthday. Her Burma ruby and diamond ring from Garrard was designed by Andrew.

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Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson

Princess Anne’s daughter Zara Phillips and England rugby player Mike Tindall eschewed Buckingham Palace for an informal shot outside the home they shared in Gloucestershire.

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Zara and Mike Tindall

The Queen’s youngest son Prince Edward met Sophie Rhys-Jones at a tennis event and they became engaged in 1999. The ring from Asprey and Garrard was a two-carat oval diamond flanked by two heart-shaped gemstones.

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Prince Edward and Sophie Rhys-Jones

Princess Margaret’s announcement of her engagement to photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones, on 26 February 1960, took the world by surprise after keeping their romance under wraps.

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Princess Margaret and Antony Arnstrong-Jones

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