Why Prince William Won't Wear a Wedding Ring

He just doesn't dig rings, an aide insists

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 1, 2011 12:05 PM CDT

(Newser) – Perhaps when you heard that Prince William won’t sport a wedding ring after he finally ties the knot with Kate Middleton, you thought it was some sort of royal tradition. Nope, turns out the prince just doesn’t like jewelry, the Daily Mail reports. “It is simply down to personal preference,” says an aide. “It was something the couple discussed but Prince William isn't one for jewelry—he doesn't even wear a signet ring—and decided he didn't want to.”

And Kate’s fine with that, the aide says. Another source adds, “It is quite common for men in that strata of society not to wear a traditional wedding band. If they do, they tend to wear it with their family signet ring but William doesn't have one of those.” Most male royals do wear some type of wedding band, including Wills’ dad. The only other exception noted by the Daily Mail is the Duke of Edinburgh. For more royal wedding gossip, click to find out where the couple is “registered”—or check out rumors involving Queen Elizabeth and Snoop Dogg.

In this Tuesday, March 8, 2011 file photo, Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton attend the charity Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children outside the City Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
In this Tuesday, March 8, 2011 file photo, Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton attend the charity Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children outside the City Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland.   (AP Photo/Peter Morrison, File)
In this March 8, 2011 file photo, Britain's Prince William and his fiancee Kate Middleton leave City Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
In this March 8, 2011 file photo, Britain's Prince William and his fiancee Kate Middleton leave City Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland.   (AP Photo/Peter Morrison, file)
Prince William looks on as Britain's Queen Elizabeth II leaves after being shown a Sea King helicopter during a visit to RAF Valley in Anglesey, Wales on April 1, 2011.
Prince William looks on as Britain's Queen Elizabeth II leaves after being shown a Sea King helicopter during a visit to RAF Valley in Anglesey, Wales on April 1, 2011.   (Getty Images)
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