Prince William Nixes Wedding Band, Kate Middleton to Wear Welsh Gold

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Prince William will not wear a wedding band.

His bride will wear a wedding band, but Prince William has no plans to put a ring on it. A palace spokesperson tells People the royal groom will keep his fingers jewelry-free when he exchanges vows with Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29.

“There is only going to be one ring, in accordance with the couple’s wishes,” the rep tells People.

That gleaming accessory will adorn the graceful hand of Middleton and will reportedly be created by Crown Jeweler Harry Collins.

Much like Middleton’s sapphire and diamond engagement ring—which belonged to Princess Diana—the wedding band has a bit of a family history: The gold from which it is fashioned was mined from the Welsh mountains near Anglesey—where the newlyweds will make their home—and has been kept in vaults since it was presented to Queen Elizabeth II years ago. The Queen has given her grandson the precious metal as a gift.

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