While Kate Middleton proudly wears and shows off her famous engagement ring on her left hand, Prince William’s wedding ring is nowhere to be seen. After the royal couple got married in 2011, a spokesperson from the palace revealed the reason why the Prince decided to go ringless. It seems that William isn’t a fan of jewellery at all.
They explained: “It is simply down to personal preference. It was something that the couple discussed but Prince William isn’t one for jewellery.”
“It is not unusual at all for men from the upper sets in Britain to shun wearing a wedding band,” said etiquette expert William Hanson. “This is not because of any intentions that they may wish to play away from home once married, but because it was traditionally not the done thing for gentlemen to wear jewellery. Years ago, this even included watches, but even hardened snobs have relaxed on that front. Not wearing a wedding band is one of those quirky British silent class indicators, like the colour of your shoes on a Thursday, or the way you fold your top pocket handkerchief,” he added.
There is, however, an exception to the non-jewellery rule – the signet ring.
“The signet ring shows lineage, which is obviously more important than any comparatively trivial romance,” says Hanson. “Signet rings should only have a family crest on – ones with your initials are treated as a bit suspect.”
Rewatch again with us the magical moment Prince William and Kate Middleton exchanged their wedding vows: