It's no surprise that royal engagement rings are about as glam as it gets, but what about royal wedding rings? Naturally, soon-to-bride Princess Eugenie needs to accessorize her ring finger with jewelry fit to match her striking padparadscha sapphire bauble, and there's one specific royal wedding band tradition that will likely provide the perfect solution (hint: Meghan Markle also executed this trend).
For the past century, brides and grooms within the House of Windsor have turned to rare Welsh gold, sourced from the family-owned Clogau St. David’s Mine, to create their wedding bands. The Queen Mother kicked off this custom in the early 1900s, and royals from Queen Elizabeth II to Kate Middleton have since received Clogau gold rings on their wedding days. Royal wedding and bridal designer Caroline Castigliano told Marie Claire that we'll likely see Eugenie follow suit for her own choice of wedding jewelry.
"While the Welsh gold band has been a tradition since 1923, started by the Queen Mother, it's certainly not essential that Princess Eugenie follows suit," she said. "However, I would be surprised if she didn’t continue this tradition."
According to Marie Claire, Queen Elizabeth gifted Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle with their Welsh gold-based wedding bands, so it only makes sense that she would bestow the same honor upon her granddaughter. Princess Eugenie's mother, Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, even donned a ring from the royal family's Clogau mine following her 1986 nuptials. Like mother, like daughter (probably, if we had to guess).
Tanya Dukes, jewelry and fashion editor/stylist, also previously told Brides that this specific style of gold takes on a slightly pink hue. Which, hello, would beautifully pair with Princess Eugenie's engagement ring.
It's unclear what Eugenie's fiancé, Jack Brooksbank, may sport on his left ring finger. However, royal grooms have had a tendency to forgo wedding bands altogether, as they're not required to sport them by any means. Both Prince Philip and Prince William have opted out of said jewelry. Prince Charles, on the other hand, wears a ring on his pinky finger following his marriage to Camilla Parker Bowles.
All speculations aside, we'll officially witness the couple's wedding bands, live in action, in approximately seven days. Mark your calendars, people!