Royal Wedding Rings of Prince William and Kate Middleton

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There remains much delicious mystery surrounding the upcoming wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton this upcoming April 29th. The design of the wedding dress is always an important speculation, but another major question regards the Royal wedding rings: will they or won’t they have their rings fashioned of Clogau gold?

Prince William and Kate Middelton

The Queen Mother founded the wedding ring tradition in 1923 when the then-Lady Elizabeth married the Duke of York, later George VI (and subject of this year’s hit movie “The King’s Speech”) on 26 April.

Will Prince William and Kate Middleton wear wedding rings of Clogau gold?

The wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton is fast approaching, and with all eyes fixed on the April 29th nuptials, many are wondering if the royal couple will follow a celebrated tradition. Will their wedding rings be made of Clogau Welsh gold? With the Palace understandably mum on the subject, speculation is rife. Will the Welsh gold that has graced the wedding rings of three previous generations of royals be the choice of newest Royal Couple?

Prince William has already shown a fondness for tradition, proposing to Kate with the engagement ring originally worn by his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, as a way to share the happy event with her. Now, the world waits to see if he’ll follow another wedding tradition and have wedding rings made from the original, one-kilo gold ingot from Clogau St. David’s Gold Mine in Wales that has formed so many other royal wedding rings.

Clogau’s long tradition of supplying the royal household with wedding rings actually begins with the investiture at Caernarfon Castle of Edward, Prince of Wales. King George V crowned his son with a coronet made entirely of Clogau Welsh gold to symbolize his Welsh coronation.

The wedding ring tradition began in 1923, when King George VI, then the Duke of York, gave Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, then Lady Elizabeth, a Clogau gold wedding ring on their April 26th marriage. Prince Phillip, the Duke of Edinburg, followed this tradition when he gave Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II a Clogau gold ring made from the same nugget as The Queen Mother’s. Since then, many other members of the Royal Family have followed this tradition, wearing rings of pure Clogau Welsh gold from the same ingot, among them Princess Margaret, The Countess of Snowdon; Princess Anne, The Princess Royal; Diana, The Princess of Wales; Prince Charles; and Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall. This gold ingot was subsequently presented to Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth on her 60th birthday, and as Ben Roberts, Managing Director of Clogau Gold notes, “There certainly haven’t been enough Royal Weddings during this time to deplete this precious reserve.”

Clogau is anxious to share this royal tradition with the world. All of the jewellery produced by Clogau Gold features a small amount of gold from the same mine that produced the Royal Family’s nugget, meaning each piece of Clogau jewellery shares in the royal tradition, but with Welsh gold being the rarest gold in the world, supplies are extremely limited.

Gold was first discovered in 1862 at the Clogau St. David’s Gold Mine, but supplies of gold from the mine were never reliable. It operated intermittently over its 150-year history and closed in 1998. Clogau’s supply of this precious Welsh gold is limited to the ore they stored. No gold mines operate in Wales today, making Welsh gold the rarest in the world.

When supplies run out from Clogau Gold’s stockpile, Welsh gold, and the opportunity to share in the Royal Wedding tradition, will be gone. Now, we can only wait to see what rings Prince William and Kate Middleton will choose to symbolize their marriage.

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