Prince William and Kate Middleton are set to receive their very own crown jewels worth £60million as a lavish wedding present.
In an extraordinary act of generosity, billionaires based in Saudi Arabia are trying to buy the couple a fabled set of colored diamonds called the Rainbow Collection.
And while she may not have the jewels just yet, Kate was all smiles as she and William arrived for the wedding of their friends Harry Aubrey-Fletcher and Sarah Louise Stourton in Boroughbridge, North Yorks, yesterday. The 301 stones the couple could be given are the world’s largest and finest assortment of colored diamonds, owned by gems dealer Eddy Elzas.
A member of the Saudi Arabian royal family tried to buy them as a wedding gift for Prince Charles and Princess Diana in 1981, but the offer was turned down by Mr Elzas.
However, an insider at the Antwerp based jewelers currently holding the gems says Mr Elzas is now looking to sell them on condition that whoever buys them gives them to William, 28, and Kate, 29. A source said: “Lots of Middle Eastern investors are keen to buy the collection and give them to William and Kate because it would be a huge badge of honor.
“A deal is now very close to being done and an announcement is set to be made soon. Mr Elzas is due to retire soon so is looking to sell. But he will only sell if they go to William and Kate. He thinks it would be a fitting gift for the couple.”
Nick Owens, http://www.mirror.co.uk