Royal ring replica proves popular

A replica royal engagement ring is proving popular with brides across the country.

Kate Middleton has been proudly wearing the sapphire and diamond heirloom that once belonged to Prince William's mother Diana, Princess of Wales, for a number of weeks.

But members of the public can buy their own version of the original ring, estimated to be worth 85,000, for 69 from the company Tru-Diamonds.

A spokeswoman for the firm said: "The Royal engagement rings made up 10% of Tru-Diamonds' total sales during November and were the biggest selling items in the Jewellery range for the same period.

"Demand was incredible but because Tru-Diamonds hand-makes its range and can supply within 14-21 days, the company has been able to meet most orders before Christmas."

She added that hits on their website increased by 20% after customers were emailed about the new product compared to a Christmas email sent a week later.

William kept his mother's engagement ring in a rucksack for a number of weeks before using it to propose to long-term girlfriend Kate during a Kenyan holiday in October.

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