After getting engaged in January, Princess Eugenie is set to marry her long term boyfriend Jack Brooksbank in October.
But unlike her cousin Prince Harry, there may be one royal wedding tradition Princess Eugenie is unable to partake in.
The royal family were gifted a single nugget of Clogau Welsh gold back in 1923, which has been used to fashion their wedding bands ever since. The Queen Mother, The Queen, Princess Margaret, Princess Diana, Kate Middleton and, most recently Meghan Markle, have all had their rings made from the same historic lump of gold.
Unfortunately, mining at St David’s stopped many years ago, meaning Welsh gold is rarer than ever, and causing the price to rise at a rapid rate. Due to the lack of supplies, speculation is rife that Meghan Markle’s ring may have been the last royal ring to be made from this precious nugget.
Ben Roberts, the managing director of Clogau, told the Evening Standard, “Welsh gold is scarcer than it has ever been.
“With no gold mining taking place in Wales today, Welsh gold supplies may eventually run out, making it possibly the rarest gold in the world.
“On November 28, 2017, 10 lots of Clogau gold, mined under government lease between 1979 and 1981, were expected to fetch about £9,000 at auction.”
However, the final price of the lot far exceeded expectations – selling for £44,000.
Thankfully, despite the original supply depleting, Ben revealed that Clogau plan to donate more Welsh gold from their stocks to help this royal tradition continue. So whilst Eugenie’s ring may not be crafted from the original nugget, is it more than likely to still be made from Welsh gold.
In fact, the Queen was gifted a second donation to mark her 60th birthday, so perhaps this will be used to make her granddaughters wedding band.
One thing is for sure, it won’t just be Princess Eugenie’s dress we’re waiting to catch a glimpse of on the big day.