Ever since Prince William and Kate Middleton exchanged vows in a spectacular royal wedding in April 2011, eagle-eyed observers have noticed a peculiar absence on the Prince’s left ring finger—the symbol of marital commitment. While Kate proudly showcases her ring, made of precious Welsh gold, alongside her engagement ring, Prince William remains ringless, sparking questions about the reason behind his unconventional choice.
Contrary to assumptions that the Prince might have misplaced or opted for a redesign of the ring, the truth is far simpler—Prince William never owned a wedding ring to begin with. A month before the grand royal wedding, St. James Palace announced that the Prince would not be bestowed with a wedding ring, a decision rooted in personal preference rather than tradition.
According to a palace insider at the time, Prince William’s choice boiled down to his everyday style, or more accurately, his lack of interest in jewelry. The source explained, “He’s not one for jewelry. He’s never worn any. He decided he didn’t want to wear one now. It’s all down to personal preference.”
Royal commentator Eloise Parker shed more light on the matter in 2018, stating that while it’s customary for royal women to wear both engagement and wedding rings, it has never been a tradition for royal men. This sheds light on why not only Prince William but also his grandfather, Prince Philip, opted not to wear a wedding ring.
Interestingly, Prince Harry, Prince William’s younger brother, deviates from this tradition. The Duke of Sussex proudly wears a platinum wedding band, a gift from Meghan Markle during their wedding in May 2018. Meghan, too, received a Welsh gold wedding band, in line with royal bridal traditions.
As for Kate Middleton’s wedding band, it holds sentimental value beyond its exquisite design. Crafted with Welsh gold, the ring was an engagement gift from the late Queen Elizabeth II. Kate’s engagement ring, featuring diamonds and sapphires, also carries profound historical significance—it once adorned the finger of Princess Diana, William and Harry’s mother.
In the realm of royal weddings, each choice, from the selection of rings to the decision not to wear one, carries its own unique story and meaning. For Prince William, the absence of a wedding ring is a personal choice, emphasizing that even in matters of royal tradition, individual preference holds sway.