Kate Middleton's brother James Middleton recently got engaged, and it seems that he borrowed a little inspiration from his big sister when it came to the ring. A picture that James and his new fiancé Alizee Thevenet posted on Instagram shows that he proposed with a large blue stone that shares a striking resemblance to the special sapphire piece of jewelry that Prince William gave Kate in 2011.
Kate's ring actually belonged to Prince William's mother, Princess Diana, and had reportedly been the subject of scrutiny after becoming part of the royal family's history. According to sources, Princess Diana had chosen the ring from the crown jeweler Garrard, forgoing the decision to create a custom-made piece only available to royals. Rumor has it that some people in the palace felt that she should have gone with a more particular design that wasn't available to the general public, but Princess Diana chose for herself and the ring was eventually passed down to Kate. It's a stunning white gold band that features 14 solitaire diamonds circling 12-carat oval Ceylon sapphire, and Kate is frequently photographed wearing it.
"It’s beautiful–I hope I look after it! It’s very special," she said in her first interview after getting engaged.
James picked out a similar style for Thevenet: Her ring seems to include a square-cut blue stone on a white-gold or platinum band. James appears to have popped the question while they were spending time out in England's Lake District, and he happily shared the news on social media.
"She said OUI," he wrote in his post. "Our secret is out but we couldn’t be happier to share the news." We're betting Middleton is thrilled for him—and also happy to see how popular her ring is.