Kate's wedding ring made of Welsh gold

29th April 2011, Comments 0 comments

Kate Middleton's wedding ring was fashioned by Welsh jewellers from a piece of Welsh gold given to Prince William by his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II, the palace said Friday.

Prince Harry, William's younger brother and best man, will carry the gold band into Westminster Abbey and pass it to the bridegroom, who will place it on the bride's finger during the wedding ceremony.

It has been made out of a piece of gold from the Clogau St David's mine at Bontddu in north Wales, the source for royal wedding rings since the 1920s.

The queen gave the gold to William shortly after he and Kate announced their engagement in November.

They have asked Welsh family jewellers Wartski to make the ring, the same company which made the wedding rings for William's father Prince Charles when he married his second wife, Camilla Parker Bowles, in 2005.

Wartski, which was founded in Bangor in Wales in 1865 before moving to the seaside resort of Llandudno, also supplied the engagement and wedding rings to the queen's nephew Viscount Linley and his wife Serena Stanhope in 1993.

William will not receive a ring during the marriage, in keeping with his grandfather Prince Philip's preference, but breaking with his father, who wears one under a signet ring on the little finger of his left hand.

In addition to the royals' historic ties with Wartski, William and Kate have a personal connection to Wales. They will begin their married life on Anglesey in north Wales, where William works as a search and rescue helicopter pilot.

© 2011 AFP

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