After the royal engagement ring is slipped on the finger of a princess-to-be, as it was for Sofia Hellqvist last week in Stockholm, all sorts of preparations begin for her new royal role. Bridal gowns and wedding details are high on the list, but a future princess also must begin thinking about building up a proper collection of jewelry for the state visits, charity functions, national days, and other events she will be attending once she becomes an HRH.
For all of you soon-to-be princesses -- that's you, Lili Rosboch von Wolkenstein and Sofia Hellqvist -- and those who have recently joined the ranks -- that'd be you, Claire of Luxembourg -- I'm listing the top ten pieces of jewelry that I think any new princess (or just a regular gal who is a princess of her own life) should consider adding to her jewelry box. Feel free to offer additional suggestions in the comments below!
Prince Albert II of Monaco places a wedding ring on Charlene Wittstock's finger
10. THE WEDDING RING
You've already shown off your engagement ring to your friends, family, and the media, but this is the ring that really symbolizes your new royal status. If you're marrying into the British royal family, you may get a ring specially made for you from rare Welsh gold. Not all royal wedding rings are gold, though; Princess Charlene of Monaco received a platinum Cartier band from her prince.