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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
The shop where Prince Charles bought Diana's engagement ring.
Location: 24 Albemarle Street, Mayfair
Description: This is the former Royal jewellers Garrard, where the famous blue sapphire engagement ring, which was once Princess Diana's and is now on the third finger of Kate Middleton's left hand was bought 30 years ago.
Garrards began in 1802 when Robert Garrard Senior took sole control of the firm created by George Wickes in 1735.
Since 1843, when Queen Victoria bestowed the honour of Crown Jeweller on the company, Garrard has served six successive monarchs. One of the most enduring images of Queen Victoria is of her wearing a small diamond crown made by Garrard in 1870.
The Coronation of 1937 heralded another important occasion for the royal jewellers. When the crown set with the Koh-i-Noor diamond was made for the late Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother. The Imperial State Crown was remounted by Garrard in 1937, and then further adjusted for H.M. The Queen for the Coronation in 1953.
Tagged in this Tour: The Princess Diana Tour