With less than a week until Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s big day, the final details are slowly being confirmed ahead of the ceremony on Saturday 19 May. All eyes have been on Meghan’s gorgeous engagement ring for the last six months but now, details have been announced about her (very traditional) royal wedding band.
For generations, wedding bands for royal brides have been made with precious Clogau St David’s gold from Bontddu, North Wales, according to Hello! US.
The tradition was started by the Queen Mother when she got married in 1923. The same nugget of gold her band was made from also provided the gold used to make the wedding rings of Queen Elizabeth, Princess Margaret, Princess Anne and Princess Diana.
In 1981, the Queen was presented with a new piece of 21-carat gold to be used for future royal weddings, so there’s plenty to go around for Meghan Markle’s own wedding ring. It’s thought that it’ll be fairly similar to Kate Middleton’s simple band, shown below.
Meanwhile, following long-standing royal tradition, it’s thought that Prince Harry will not wear a wedding band – like many royal men, his brother Prince William and grandfather Prince Philip do not wear rings either.
But who knows, maybe Harry will choose to break with tradition like his father, Prince Charles, and wear a ring after all.
The final countdown to the big day has begun… get your copy of our May issue to read a 6-page extract from a new biography on Meghan Markle, written by royal biographer Andrew Morton.