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 that we appreciate the beautiful simplicity of the 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 Meghan Markle proudly donning one at her royal wedding to Prince Harry on May 19, 2018. However, it’s worth mentioning that on the same day, Prince Harry made a bold choice with his own wedding ring — in two ways. First off, choosing to wear a royal wedding ring at all was something of a eye-opener; it’s not common for men in the British royal family to wear wedding bands. After all, 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. Secondly, Prince Harry opted not to get a Welsh gold ring but instead a platinum band with a textured finish. Although it’s equally exquisite as the other royal wedding bands, it certainly stands out from the pack — and that makes it wonderful in its own way, too.
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