Which male kings, from Prince Philip to Prince Harry, wear wedding rings? | London Evening Standard
When you think of royal rings, you can imagine the Duchess of Cambridge’s gigantic Ceylon sapphire engagement ring or the beautiful Botswana diamond given by Harry Meghan.
But men in the royal family have their own jewelry traditions.
There is a long tradition that the wedding rings of members of the royal family are made from Welsh gold by the jewelers Clogau at the Clogau St. David gold mine in Dolgellau.
The gold is now a rarity as the mine has now been shut down. However, the Queen was given a kilogram of it from the Gwynfynydd mine on her 60th birthday in 1986.
Meghan Markle puts on Prince Harry’s platinum wedding ring at her wedding /. Getty Images
Prince Philip, Prince William and Princess Anne’s husband Timothy Laurence do not wear wedding rings, although Prince Philip wears his family seal ring.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, a spokesman announced that it was a “personal preference” decision.
Speaking to royal expert Rebecca English for the Daily Mail, a palace assistant explained ahead of Prince William’s wedding in 2011: “It was something the couple talked about, but Prince William is not a jewelry – he doesn’t even wear a signet ring – and decided he didn’t want to. “
Another source said it was “quite common for men in this class of society not to wear a traditional wedding ring.”
Prince Williams ringless hand /. Getty Images
There’s another reason you might not immediately recognize the wedding rings on the hands of Prince Charles and the Earl of Wessex. Instead of wearing their ribbons on the fourth finger of their left hand, they prefer to wear them next to their signet rings on their left little finger.
According to Gentleman’s Gazette, the tradition of wearing a wedding ring next to a signet ring dates back to Victorian times.
Other kings who have worn their wedding rings in a similar fashion include Princess Margaret’s husband Lord Snowdon and Prince Charles’ brother Andrew (who was seen wearing his wedding ring in 2002 – years after his divorce from Sarah Ferguson).
Prince Charles carries his seal and his wedding ring stacked /. Getty Images
Prince Charles also wears a Welsh gold wedding ring, with Clogau revealing that they created matching gold wedding rings for him and Princess Diana in 1981.
He wore his ring next to his signet ring throughout his marriage. He continued to wear a wedding ring after her divorce and subsequent marriage to Camilla Parker-Bowles in 2005.
Prince Harry and Mike Tindall, the husband of Princess Anne’s daughter Zara Tindall, are the only other men in the royal family to wear wedding rings on the third finger of their left hand. Peter Phillips, who recently announced that he and his wife, Autumn, were getting a divorce, also wore a ring this way.
Mike and Zara Tindall /. Getty Images
However, both Prince Harry and Tindall gave the royal tradition their own twist by choosing not to wear Welsh gold rings.
Prior to Prince Harry’s wedding, it was announced that he would be wearing a “textured-finish platinum ribbon” made by the royal jewelers Cleave and Company. (Cleave and Company also created Meghan Markle’s Welsh gold wedding band, which was “given to the Queen by Her Majesty.”)
Prince Harry wears his ring with Meghan Markle /. Getty Images
It is not known what material Tindall’s ring is made of, but it is also silver in color.