Why Prince William doesn't wear a wedding ring

By Gemma Strong

He's quite clearly a devoted family man – so why is it that the Duke of Cambridge doesn't wear a wedding ring? Eagle-eyed royal fans might have noticed that ever since his marriage to the Duchess of Cambridge in April 2011, Prince William has chosen not to wear a traditional wedding band. And the reason is very simple; it's a case of personal preference.

William, 34, doesn't wear a wedding band because he does not like wearing jewelry of any kind, and so decided to remain ringless following his nuptials. His decision was actually first announced shortly before his Westminster Abbey wedding ceremony, with a statement from St James' Palace confirming the news.


Prince William chose not to wear a wedding ring following his marriage to Kate.

He's not the only male member of the royal family to do so. Despite being married to the Queen for nearly 70 years, Prince Philip has also never worn a wedding ring. William's father Prince Charles, meanwhile, does wear one – next to a signet ring on the little finger of his left hand.

The tradition of women wearing wedding rings dates back to ancient Egypt, but it was only in the latter part of the last century that a small number of bridegrooms started doing the same.

Similarly, his grandfather Prince Philip does not wear a wedding band.

World War II is thought to have triggered a seismic shift, with many Western men fighting overseas choosing to wear bands as a reminder of their wives and families back home.

A wedding band is usually worn on the fourth finger of the left hand because of an ancient belief that there was a vein running directly from that finger to the heart, which the Romans called 'vena amoris' – 'vein of love'.

Duchess Kate's wedding ring is made from gold from the Clogau St David's mine.

William's wife Kate does wear a wedding ring, which is made from gold taken from the Clogau St David's mine at Bontddu in north Wales.

Gold from the Clogau St David's mine has been used for a number of royal wedding bands, including those for the Queen, the Queen Mother and Diana, Princess of Wales. The Queen was presented with a fresh supply of gold by the mine in 1986 and it was from this that Kate's ring was made.

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