Royals ‘squirrel away’ rare Welsh gold for ring

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Kent-based crown jeweller has small nugget of Welsh Gold for Kate.

The tradition goes that the brides’ royal wedding ring should contain Welsh gold, an act observed since the marriage of the Queen Mother in 1923. The problem is, supplies are really rather limited.

The small nugget of Welsh gold that was used to make Princess Diana’s wedding ring is today so fine that it’s unsuitable for use. Luckily for Kate Middleton, another nugget of the rare gold has been stashed away by crown jeweller Harry Collins – and its this gold which will be used to make Middleton’s ring.

Perhaps controversially, Prince William is not having a wedding band made, having chosen not to wear one. 

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The Queen Mother was the first of the royals to have Welsh gold in her wedding ring, using gold taken from a mine at Clogau St David in North Wales. Since, the same gold has been used to make wedding rings for Princess Anne, Princess Margaret, Diana Princess of Wales and the Queen. 

The last fully functioning Welsh gold mine closed in 2007, though Clogau gold has been busy keeping the Welsh gold dream alive, offering its rich, rosy hued gold which contains small elements of Welsh gold. Nevertheless, it looks as though supplies will run out by 2016.

For Kate, her story goes back to 1981, when the Royal British Legion presented the Queen with a new chunk of gold to be used in future royal wedding bands. The 36g nugget of 21ct gold Welsh gold was used for making Sarah Ferguson’s ring in her marriage to Prince Andrew, along with the ring for Sophie Rhys-Jones and later for Camilla Parker-Bowles marriage to Prince Charles in 2005. 

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