Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Show Off Their Wedding Rings for the First Time
After Meghan walked down the aisle to mark the official start of her life as a member of the royal family, the beaming bride added another ring alongside her three-stone diamond engagement ring — a wedding band made of Welsh gold, which Queen Elizabeth gave the bride-to-be as a gift.
While Meghan has long favored gold for her jewelry, the royal family have been using pure Welsh gold for their wedding rings ever since the Queen Mother’s wedding in 1923.
“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 next month,” Ben Roberts, Managing Director of Clogau, previously told PEOPLE.
Much like her new sister-in-law, Kate Middleton also wears a wedding band made of Welsh gold that was given to William by the Queen shortly after his engagement.
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But while Kate’s wedding band was crafted by Wartski, a family jewelry business that has made Welsh gold bands for Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles for their wedding in 2005, Harry and Meghan have chosen London’s Cleave & Company to create the royal rings. The company also made Meghan’s engagement ring.
In a statement to PEOPLE, Peter Scott, managing director of Cleave & Company, said the company is “honored” to have been chosen to design the ring.
Of course, Meghan’s wedding ring will look right at home next to the three-stone diamond engagement ring that Harry designed himself.
The stunning sparkler is made up of three diamonds, with one large stone in the center flanked by two smaller stones on the sides.
The ring has plenty of sentimental connections for Harry: Two stones are from the personal collection of his late mother, Princess Diana (making them difficult to value), while the other stone is from Botswana, a country that is close to his heart.
By giving Meghan a ring with a link to his mother, Harry was following in the footsteps of his older brother. When William proposed to Kate in 2010, he also gave her a piece of jewelry with strong family ties: Diana’s 12-carat sapphire engagement ring surrounded by 14 diamonds. William said that giving Kate the ring was his way of making sure his mother’s memory had a place in the festivities of his engagement.