Eagle-eyed fans noticed something new on Meghan Markle’s finger at Trooping the Colour: a diamond band, nestled right under her wedding and engagement rings. Later, People confirmed that the new piece of jewelry was given to her by Prince Harry as an anniversary gift. Many pointed out its poignant symbolism: it’s assumed to be an eternity ring, which is usually given on a momentous life occasion.
The Duke of Sussex is following a tradition of royal anniversary gift-giving, despite the fact that shopping for a royal spouse is bound to be hard. What do you get someone with castles, priceless jewels, and historical artifacts at their disposable?
For their first wedding anniversary, Kate Middleton went with something homemade: it’s said that Kate Middleton cooked Prince William “fish en papillote“—fish in parchment paper—as a nod to the tradition of giving paper on the first wedding anniversary.
For the Windsors, anniversary presents don’t always come from a husband or wife. Queen Elizabeth often finds her own way to mark these special occasions. She gave the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Cornwall the title of Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order for their eighth and seventh anniversaries, respectively.
Prestigious designations are a favorite celebratory present from the Queen: for her own 70th anniversary, she appointed “the Duke of Edinburgh to be a Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order.”
And, with multiple royal couples now to follow, this is for certain: there will be more grand gifts on the horizon.