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Meghan Markle’s Wedding Ring Will Follow This Tradition

by Bryce Gruber

Meghan Markle’s wedding ring will mostly likely be made of Welsh gold

Meghan Markle may be breaking from lots of old, stuffy royal traditions, but she’s expected to fall right in line with a nearly 100 year old royal jewelry tradition. Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother was the first to implement this medal-worthy statement, and now Meghan Markle’s wedding ring will fall in line with the royal family’s chosen tradition of using Welsh gold for their marital jewelry.

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Prince Harry’s great grandmother, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, first used gold from Wales in her wedding ring when she married the future King George VI in 1923. The current Queen Elizabeth followed when she married Prince Philip in 1947, and then by royal heirs all the way through to Prince William when he married Kate Middleton just a few years ago.

For Harry and Meghan‘s wedding, the rings will likely be made by Wartski at their London-based workshop and stamped with the customary Welsh dragon.

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According to Reuters, The Clogau St. David mine has been serving up royal gold since 1923, and experts say that 24-carat Welsh gold has a higher percentage of pure gold than the standard 18-carat offerings found at most jewelers. It’s the greater purity that will lend Meghan Markle’s wedding ring an especially rich, vibrant yellow tone — perfect next to her engagement ring.

While all speculation is currently in favor of Markle’s ring being made of pure Welsh gold, official confirmation will likely only come from the palace itself after the nuptials. Next up: figuring out if Markle will carry a big wedding bouquet like Diana, Harry’s mother, did at her royal wedding.

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