Famous Engagements in History

Love and engagements go hand-in-hand. Throughout history, there have been a lot of memorable engagements and wedding proposals witnessed by many people. Many famous people had shared their unique stories of meeting “the one” before they walked down the aisle with their gorgeous engagement rings. Looking at expensive and beautiful engagement rings by popular people can be entertaining. But aside from that, it is also interesting to know how they got engaged.

With this, we are here today to give you a list of the famous royal and celebrity engagements in history, which have been the center of attention for a good reason.

1. Prince Rainier III and Grace Kelly

It was in 1955 when American star Grace Kelly first met Prince Rainier at the Cannes Film Festival in France. After a year-long courtship, Prince Rainier III proposed to her. He got down on one knee with a 10.47 carat, emerald-cut diamond ring by Cartier. In the present time, that ring could be worth around $4.3 million. They got married in 1956, making international headlines with Grace Kelly’s new status as the Princess of Monaco.

2. Princess Diana and Prince Charles

Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer first met in 1977, when Diana was only 16 years old. After three years, the Prince of Wales proposed to Diana while they were enjoying a private dinner in Buckingham Palace. Her engagement ring was a massive 12-carat oval Ceylon sapphire surrounded by 14 solitaire diamonds and set in 18-karat white gold. It is a breathtaking piece of jewelry fit for royalty.

3. Kate Middleton and Prince William

After they met at the University of St. Andrews, Prince William and Kate got married in April 2011 as 300 million people watched on TV. He proposed to her with his late mother’s sapphire engagement ring during a romantic trip to Kenya.

4. Justin Theroux and Jennifer Aniston

In 2012, the former Friends star got engaged to Justin Theroux after a whirlwind romance. They got married in 2015 in a private ceremony at their home in Bel Air. However, after three years, they got separated. When they got engaged, a lot of people we amazed to see the huge 8-carat diamond that Jennifer admitted she took a while to get used to.

5. Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis

After they met on the set of Saturday Night Live in 2011, they got engaged in 2013 and welcomed their first son in 2014. Jason gave Olivia a unique, vintage engagement ring when he proposed. He told her that the emerald shade of the ring reminded him of her eyes.

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6. George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin

In April 2014, George Clooney shocked fans and as well as tabloids when he got engaged to British-Lebanese human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin. They only had met a year prior via a mutual friend. And even more surprising than the news of their engagements is the ring, which is a 7-carat, emerald-cut diamond rumored to be worth $750,000.

7. Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez and the New York Yankee star Alex Rodriguez originally met in 2005, but it was not until 2017 when they started dating. In March 2019, they announced their engagement on Instagram. Together with the announcement, fans couldn’t look away from the ring. It is an emerald-cut diamond, which experts estimated to be 20 carats.

8. Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen

New England Patriots star Tom Brady and supermodel Gisele Bundchen have been married for more than a decade now. They got engaged in 2009 when Tom proposed in a candlelit apartment, complete with white roses and petals. He gave her an engagement ring that is a 4-cart cushion-cut diamond set on a platinum setting and offset by two tapered baguettes.

9. Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio

Marilyn Monroe and Yankee baseball player Joe DiMaggio got married in 1954 after two years of dating. They wanted a spontaneous proposal.That’s why they decided to elope secretly at San Francisco City Hall. However, they were accompanied by lots of reporters and fans instead. Her engagement ring was also technically her wedding band. Its simplicity is one of the most famous in history. It was a platinum eternity band that’s surrounded by 35 baguette-cut diamonds.

10. Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor

It wasn’t Liz’s only marriage, but her tumultuous relationship with fellow Cleopatra co-star Richard Burton is her most famous. They have been the subject of films, speculation, and documentaries. They fell in love while filming the 1963 film in Rome. Four years into their marriage, Richard proposed again with a 33.19-carat diamond ring. The ring was prompted to be renamed the Taylor Diamond.

These are some of the most famous engagements in history. Even though the romances of famous people are a dime a dozen, and it can be challenging to keep track of who’s dating who, many were still able to find lasting love and a true connection that led them down the aisle.