Royal engagement rings get so much attention in the media that they can sometimes overshadow royal wedding bands. While we realize how glamorous and incredible those engagement rings are, we think it’s about time we appreciate the beautiful simplicity of royal wedding rings, too.
Part of what makes the royal wedding bands so lovely is the tradition behind them. The British royal family has used Welsh gold in royal wedding rings ever since the Queen Mother (then Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon) married the Duke of York on April 26, 1923. As you can probably imagine, Welsh gold is not your average gold. With a history stretching back at least two millennia, the increasingly scarce precious metal has become one of the most sought-after types of gold in the world. According to the jewelry business Clogau — which has designed some of the royal wedding bands — Welsh gold can now be valued up to 30 times more than standard gold. (Now that’s one piece of jewelry that you definitely don’t want to misplace!)
After 95 years, the tradition of Welsh gold royal wedding bands has continued to the present day, with Princess Eugenie proudly donning one at her royal wedding to Jack Brooksbank on October 12, 2018. However, unlike Prince Harry adding a ring to his finger at his wedding with Meghan Markle, Jack went without a ring for himself. That said, it’s not common for men in the British royal family to wear wedding bands. Prince Philip and Prince William have never worn them, and Prince Charles has only worn a small ring on his pinky finger since marrying Duchess Camilla in 2005.
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Princess Eugenie Wedding Ring
Princess Eugenie's Wedding Ring
Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank had their wedding in the exact same chapel as Prince Harry and Meghan just a few months before them. Jack seemed to have a little trouble slipping the Welsh gold ring on Eugenie's finger while the couple exchanged vows, but the silly moment will likely be a memory that the newlyweds cherish over the years.
Meghan Markle Wedding Ring
Meghan Markle’s Wedding Ring
On the day of the royal wedding between Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, Kensington Palace announced that the happy couple had chosen Cleave and Company to create their wedding rings. Meghan Markle’s wedding band, which was fashioned from Welsh gold, was gifted by none other than Queen Elizabeth II herself. Considering how lovely it looks, we have to say that Meghan’s now mother-in-law is certainly a generous gift-giver.
Prince Harry Wedding Ring
Prince Harry’s Wedding Ring
Prince Harry’s wedding band, which was also crafted in the Cleave and Company workshop, may look similar to his wife’s wedding ring from afar. But it’s actually created from a totally different type of material — platinum — and boasts a textured finish. As we all know, Prince Harry was always one to stand out among the royals and do his own thing — and that’s what we all love about him. Why should his wedding ring blend in, anyway?
Kate Middleton Wedding Ring
Kate Middleton’s Wedding Ring
You’re forgiven if you have a hard time focusing on Kate Middleton’s wedding band. After all, her fabulous engagement ring — which previously belonged to Princess Diana — is instantly eye-catching. But take a moment to look a bit closer at the engagement ring and admire the beautiful Welsh gold wedding band behind it. Eagle-eyed royal fans may also spot a third ring she wears in front of her engagement ring — that’s her eternity band. Stunning!
Duchess Camilla Wedding Ring
Duchess Camilla’s Wedding Ring
Although Duchess Camilla has a large engagement ring, it still doesn’t mask the pretty Welsh gold wedding band behind it. She’s worn both pieces of jewelry ever since marrying Prince Charles on April 9, 2005.
Princess Diana Wedding Ring
Princess Diana’s Wedding Ring
Of course, the beloved late royal was the original owner of the famous sapphire engagement ring that now belongs to Kate Middleton. But Princess Diana also wore a fabulous Welsh gold wedding ring after marrying Prince Charles on July 1, 1969. You can see the gold pretty clearly when you take a close-up look at some of her famous stylish photos. She certainly did make everything she wore — including jewelry — look so beautiful, didn’t she?
Queen Elizabeth Wedding Ring
Queen Elizabeth’s Wedding Ring
Considering Queen Elizabeth II is a reigning monarch, many folks wonder whether she wears an engagement ring or wedding ring. The answer is yes to both! Her engagement ring features diamonds from a tiara that previously belonged to her husband Prince Philip’s mother. The romantic piece of jewelry looks even dreamier next to her Welsh gold wedding band, doesn’t it? Truly fit for royalty!