Kate Middleton, Royal Fiancee

Now that she’s got the ring, how will she handle the pressure?

with contributions from Rosemary Feitelberg, Catherine Tipple
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Lela Rose said Middleton has the “daunting” task of dressing for what will be no doubt be a grand wedding. “I do think, on her wedding day, she is not going to be able to push the envelope in terms of how far out of the norm she can dress. This is an event that has so much meaning to so many people. Kate is very modern and traditional, but blending the two will not be the easiest thing to do,” Rose said. “I can see her wearing something modern with clean lines, small details and a little embellishment. But the dress will also have to fit the setting.

“What’s appealing to everyone is she looks so nice and normal,” Rose said. “We’re so used to all this Hollywood hysteria that her normalcy is in itself refreshing.”

In keeping with his bride-to-be’s low-key style, William chose not to splash out on a new rock, but instead gave her his late mother’s sapphire engagement ring from Garrard. The ring, which cost 28,000 pounds, or $65,000, back in 1981, is an 18-carat oval blue sapphire, surrounded by 14 small diamonds in a white gold setting. It ignited a trend for similar engagement rings for years after Prince Charles bought it for Diana.

“It was my way of making sure my mother didn’t miss out on today,” the prince told the press on Tuesday, following a photo call at St. James’ Palace, the official residence of the British monarch and the seat of the royal court.

“My mother was very special to me, and now Kate is special to me. It is a way of bringing the two of them together,” he said.

And if the global press has its way, Middleton will follow in Diana’s footsteps as the trendsetting fashion icon who married a future king.

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