The Touching Cartier Connection Between Princess Diana, Prince William, and Kate Middleton

20/05/2018 - 10:37 AM

Along with a laid-back lifestyle and charitable spirit [1], one of the things Princess Diana passed down to her son Prince William was a love for fine jewelry — especially beautiful Cartier watches. After her divorce from Prince Charles, Diana was frequently photographed wearing a gold Cartier Tank Francaise [2], a gift from her father, John Spencer. She bought William a similar timepiece from the famed French label, which she had engraved for one of his birthdays. After her death in August 1997, William chose to keep Diana's Cartier Tank [3] as a memento — and in 2014, he gifted Kate Middleton with the Ballon Bleu de Cartier watch [4] for their third wedding [5] anniversary.

Not only was the watch on its own a beautiful way to connect his beloved mother and new wife, but William also went a step further by embedding a sapphire stone into the stainless-steel style to match Kate's engagement ring [6] — which also belonged to Diana. William presented Kate with the Ballon Bleu de Cartier [7] before they embarked on their tour of Australia and New Zealand in 2014 [8], and she wore it nearly every day that they were there.

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