We love a royal wedding — and not just for the sheer romance of the unions and the impeccable outfits of the high profile guests — but also because they're also so full of traditions, from myrtle in the bride's bouquet to a tiara steeped in history adorning her head.
But perhaps the most most time-honoured tradition of them all has only recently come to light, and it's all do with the couple's wedding bands.
Since Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon's marriage to the future King George VI in 1923, many royals have had their wedding bands made from Welsh gold, and the current Queen is no exception.
In a new book titled Prince Philip: Revealed, royal biographer Ingrid Seward tells the story of the British monarch's ring, revealing that the jewellery conceals a hidden message.
'At least Philip didn't have the expense of a wedding ring, as the people of Wales supplied a nugget of Welsh gold from which the ring is made,' she wrote of Prince Philip who had little fortune to his name when he married the then Princess Elizabeth. 'She never takes it off and inside the ring is an inscription. No one knows what it says, other than the engraver, the Queen and her husband.'
The royals upheld the tradition for 21st century royal brides Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton. After Meghan and Prince Harry's wedding in 2018, Kensington Palace confirmed in a statement that Meghan's ring was 'fashioned from a piece of Welsh gold, gifted by Her Majesty The Queen,' as Hello! reports.
Seven years prior, when Kate and Prince William got married, St James's Palace said in a statement, 'The wedding ring that Catherine Middleton will wear will be made of Welsh gold. The gold was given to Prince William by the Queen shortly after the couple were engaged. It has been in the family's possession for some years and has been in the care of the royal jewellers.'
Any guesses as to what the Queen's message from Prince Phillip might say? Sadly, we doubt we'll ever find out!
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