Prince Harry Breaks Tradition with a Platinum Wedding Band — While William Doesn't Wear One at All!
When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wed on Saturday at Windsor Castle's St. George's Chapel, they broke tradition with their wedding bands
When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tied the knot on Saturday at Windsor Castle’s St. George’s Chapel, and exchanged wedding bands — an accessory that Harry’s brother Prince William opted not to have when he and Kate Middleton said their “I dos” back in 2011.
For his wedding, William opted out of having a wedding ring. A palace spokeswoman told PEOPLE at the time, “There is only going to be one ring, in accordance with the couple’s wishes.” William still doesn’t wear a wedding band to this day.
Harry, however, has been known to wear jewelry. He and Meghan have matching beaded bracelets that they wore early on in their relationship.
Kate did have a wedding band — one that William famously struggled to get on her finger as they said their vows.
As royal fans may remember, his face flashed an expression of worry as he tried to place the ring on his bride. Kate smiled, staying ever so calm before William successfully slid the ring on.
Things went a lot smoother for Harry and Meghan!
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Harry also broke with tradition in opting for a platinum band. His band was expected to be made from the royal stash of Welsh gold, just as Kate’s was. But Meghan gave Harry a platinum wedding band with a textured finish, while Meghan’s was made from Welsh gold.
The royal family have been using pure Welsh gold for their wedding rings ever since the Queen Mother’s wedding in 1923. The Queen was then gifted a kilogram of Clogau gold on her 60th birthday, the gold — which was mined from the Welsh mountains — remaining in the royal vaults ever since.
“The tradition of using Welsh gold for the royal wedding rings is one that we hope to see continue when Prince Harry marries Meghan Markle,” Ben Roberts, Managing Director of Clogau, previously told PEOPLE.
For Kate’s ring, the Queen gifted William with the gold and an expert craftsman, unnamed by the palace but likely to be the Crown Jeweler Harry Collins, was tasked with fashioning the nugget into a piece for her.
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Roughly 600 guests were in attendance at the wedding, but world dignitaries (like President Trump) weren’t there, as Kensington Palace has said that an official list of political leaders (both U.K. and international) are not required for the pair.
Instead, most in attendance had a direct connection to the bride or groom, including Harry’s brother (and best man) Prince William; sister-in-law Kate; father Prince Charles; stepmom Camilla, Dutchess of Cornwall; grandparents Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip; close cousins like Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice; and friends from Harry’s military service will also be on hand, as well as longtime close friends, such as Tom Inskip and Guy Pelly.
Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, also played a special role on the big day, accompanying her daughter to the chapel.