Prince William won’t be wearing a wedding ring after his marriage to Kate Middleton.
According to royal sources, the matter is “simply down to personal preference.”
“It’s quite common for there to just be the one ring in society or royal weddings,” a source adds. “It’s been the same in other royal weddings, so it’s not a rare occurrence.”
Prince William follows the model of his grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh, who doesn’t wear a ring signifying his commitment.
A St James’s Palace aide said this was a decision that Kate was happy with.
“It was something the couple discussed but Prince William isn’t one for jewellery – he doesn’t even wear a signet ring – and decided he didn’t want to. It really is just down to personal preference,” they said.
The Palace said only one ring will be exchanged in Westminster Abbey at the end of the month and it will be worn by the bride. It should be noted that for centuries, only the wives in the English royal families wore wedding rings, so William’s decision doesn’t surprise the British royal family.
Kate Middleton will be sporting her own ring, which is custom made. The history of the ring is very beautiful and might even inspire a fairytale. A few years ago, a gold nugget was found in the hills of Wales, not far from where the couple will start their married life.
“Catherine will wear a ring fashioned from a lump of Welsh gold owned by the Royal Family that has been smelted down. The couple have both had a hand in the design. This is the ring Prince Harry will carry and hand over in the traditional way,” a palace source says.
The piece of gold was offered to Queen Elizabeth, who recently offered it to her nephew, Prince William. In turn, the young man decided to give it to the one he loves, as a proof of his commitment.