British Royal Family

Resurfaced photos debunk rumours after Kate Middleton was spotted without her engagement ring

Fans have slammed the 'silly' claims.

By Maddison Leach
Kate Middleton was spotted without her iconic engagement ring on Tuesday, as she and Prince William took daughter Charlotte to the Commonwealth Games.
Fans noticed the odd detail in photos from the games in Birmingham, where the duchess wowed in an all-white Alexander McQueen outfit.
"Is she wearing her ring? I can't see it in any of the photos, just a plain band," one tweeted.
Another chimed in: "Anyone know why Catherine isn't wearing her engagement ring? I can see I believe her wedding band."
Kate Middleton was without her ring when she and Prince William took daughter Charlotte to the Commonwealth Games. (Image: Getty)
Some social media users speculated that the duchess was sending a message about her and William's marriage by removing her engagement ring, but those claims were quickly debunked.
"Let me ask you a question: Do you have a 3 carat engagement ring with a similar setting to Catherine's?" one Twitter user wrote.
"If you did you would not be asking such silly questions. The sheer weight alone means they are not for everyday wear. Then the upkeep for loose stones and claw tightening."
Royal critics looking for a hidden message in Kate's decision to go without her engagement ring may be disappointed to learn this isn't the first time she's done it.
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In fact, the Duchess of Cambridge has been photographed without the sapphire multiple times throughout her 11-year marriage to William.
She was spotted without it during a January 2020 visit to a London Children's Hospital, then again in a photo shared on her and William's royal Instagram in March that year.
Back in 2018, Kate also ditched her ring for several outings during her pregnancy with Prince Louis, the fan theory being that she was unable to wear it due to swelling.
While it's unlikely the duchess is pregnant again - although she's confessed to being "broody" lately – her past outings without her engagement ring prove there's no cause for concern.
The Duchess of Cambridge has been photographed without here multiple times throughout her 11-year marriage to William - here in 2018 and 2020. (Image: Getty/Instagram)
Some fans have suggested Kate's ring may be in the process of getting cleaned and that's why she was seen without it at the Commonwealth Games.
After all, it's more than 40 years old and would need upkeep.
Originally belonging to Princess Diana, the late Princess of Wales chose the unique style from a jewellery catalogue before her 1981 wedding to Prince Charles.