Prince Harry snubbed this royal tradition on his wedding day

Prince Harry snubbed this royal tradition on his wedding day as the groom opted for modernity instead on his special day

Prince Harry snubbed this royal tradition
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Prince Harry snubbed this royal tradition when it came to his wedding day back in 2018, as he opted for a modern style ring instead of a classic Welsh Gold ring that is popular with the royals.


Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were married at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on 19 May 2018. 

While most royal fans were focused on Meghan Markle's wedding dress and Meghan Markle's lipstick that she wore to complete her wedding day makeup look, not as much scrutiny was paid to Prince Harry and what he was wearing.

On their wedding day, Prince Harry and his wife the Duchess of Sussex both exchanged rings that they have worn since their wedding day. The couple opted for different types of metal and interestingly, while Meghan's shows her admiration for royal tradition, Prince Harry's choice shows his preference for modernity.

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At the time, it was announced by the royal family that Meghan was to wear a ring made from gold that was gifted to her by the Queen herself.

"Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle have chosen Cleave and Company to make their Wedding rings. Ms. Markle's ring has been fashioned from a piece of Welsh Gold, gifted by Her Majesty The Queen."

Welsh gold is a preference of the royals and Prince Charles' wedding band is also made from this material that pays tribute to royal tradition and his own title, the Prince of Wales.

Although Harry had a ring made by the same jewelers, the Prince decided to have a ring made of platinum instead of this traditional gold. "Prince Harry's ring will be a Platinum Band with a textured finish. Both rings were crafted in the Cleave workshop," announced the royal post.

Prince Harry and Meghan

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It isn't totally unheard of for a royal to choose not to wear a Welsh gold band, but typically if the royal decides against this ring, it is because they have made the decision to not wear a ring at all.

Prince William and The Queen's husband, Prince Philip, both made the decision not to wear a wedding ring, which is still a common choice for many men in the UK. Reportedly, Prince William doesn't wear a wedding ring because he isn't keen on jewelry in general. 

But the men aren't the only members of the royal family who have also been known snub tradition when it comes to rings. Princess Anne’s engagement rings both broke royal protocol and Princess Beatrice's wedding ring also went against royal tradition

It seems that in recent years, many of the young royals are ready to buck tradition and go for something more modern when it comes to their marital jewelry.

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