Prince William forgoes wedding band

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Royal wedding will be one band short as Wills opts for bare digit.

It has been reported that Prince William will choose not to wear a wedding band after his marriage to Kate Middleton on April 29.

Royal insiders have said that after discussions between Prince William and his future wife Kate Middleton, it was decided that the prince would not wear a band. The prince is said to be uninterested in wearing jewellery and does even sport a signet ring as is popular in the upper classes.

Prince William’s distaste for jewellery is the polar opposite to his father Prince Charles’ tastes, who in fact wears two rings on his wedding finger. Prince Charles wears a wedding band from his marriage to Camilla Parker Bowles but hides it under a signet ring so that it is not openly on display.

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While Prince William’s choice not to wear a wedding band might raise a few eyebrows, it is in fact a more traditional choice than some might think.

Male wedding bands only became popular during the Second World War. Before the 1940s only about 15 percent of husbands wore a wedding band, but during the war more opted to wear a wedding band to remind them of their wives and families back home as they were serving overseas. After the war, the percentage of husbands sporting a wedding band is thought to have jumped to 60 percent and has been steadily rising ever since.

Kate Middleton will, however, choose to wear a wedding band and Clarence House has now confirmed that it will be made from Welsh gold mined by Clogau Gold although there is still speculation, with less than a month to go, as to which jeweller has got the job of making the ring.

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