What’s Up With Kate Middleton’s Third Ring on That Finger?

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The arrival of Princess Charlotte involved a lot of excitement and another big fashion moment for proud mom Kate Middleton—she left the hospital in Jenny Packham, the same designer she chose to debut Prince George. Of all the pictures available, a zoomed-in shot of little Charlotte’s face also provided a good look at Kate’s left hand, which included what was clearly a third ring. You can see the same thing in this picture, taken at an event this winter.

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There’s her wedding band, made of Welsh gold, and the sapphire engagement ring Princess Diana wore but also another band positioned atop both.

When you compare the latest shots with her pre-George ring situation, it’s very apparent that the band of the engagement ring is actually fairly thin, and, indeed, there’s been a new one added to the mix. The third band is likely an eternity ring, a customary British piece that’s given to a mother upon the birth of her first child.

“An eternity ring is a traditional gift after the birth of a child and for significant wedding anniversaries,” an explanation on London-based jeweler Astley Clarke’s website reads. They’re described as often having diamonds set all the way around the band, which would appear to be the case of Kate’s.

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