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This is why Prince William doesn't wear a wedding ring

Written by Katie Byrne, published 2nd feb 2017

There's been a lot of chat in the news recently about Prince William and his wedding ring - or, more specifically, Prince William and his lack of wedding ring.

The Duke of Cambridge tied the knot with Catherine Middleton in 2011 - take a look back at their iconic 2011 wedding here.

However, despite the celebration taking place all that time ago, people are currently pondering why, exactly, the Prince doesn't wear a wedding ring - a question which was actually answered back in 2012, just months after the William and Catherine exchanged their vows.

The reason why is fabulously simple: he just doesn't want to. 

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Speaking shortly after the couple's nuptials, a palace aide confirmed the royal wouldn't wear a wedding ring, explaining: "He’s not one for jewellery. He’s never worn any. He decided he didn’t want to wear one now. It’s all down to personal preference".

It's seemingly quite traditional for the royal family to not wear wedding rings; neither Prince Charles nor Prince Philip wear them.

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And it's not just a royal thing: whilst women have always worn wedding rings, men have only been wearing them for around 70 years or so, with the 'trend' beginning during the Second World War, when soliders wore them as a reminder of the families waiting for them back at home.

Speaking to Harper's Bazaar about the wedding rings, etiquette whiz William Hanson observed: "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".

Interesting, eh? 


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