No one can doubt that Prince William settled in quite well into his life as a family man. But attentive royal fans have noticed that since his wedding in April 2011 he’s never once worn his wedding band. The reason is very simple, and it was actually revealed by St. James Palace officials back when the wedding took place.
Kate, on the other hand, wears a band made from a lump of gold extracted from the Clogau St. David’s mine at Bontddu in North Wales. The band was already owned by the Royal Family and she received it during the Westminster Abbey wedding that took place on April 29. Using Welsh gold in royal wedding bands is one of the institutions longest-standing traditions.
Prince William isn’t the first or the only royal who went ring-free after getting married. The Queen’s other half, Prince Philip, has also never worn a ring in the 70 years that they’ve been married. Prince Charles, however, is comfortable with jewelry; he wears a wedding band next to a signet ring on the little finger of his left hand.