Why Prince William never wears a wedding ring

Sarah Carty

He may have been married for nearly six years but Prince William has never worn a wedding ring.

The 34-year-old royal, who married Kate Middleton in a lavish ceremony in 2011 at Westminster Abbey, opted out of investing in a piece of jewelry when the pair tied the knot.

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Despite his wife wearing an 18-carat gold wedding band, William decided to shun tradition and just like his grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh, goes without a ring.

Prince William and Kate Middleton (pictured) married in 2011 but William never wears a wedding ring. Photo: Getty

Avid royal watchers have noticed that William never wears bling but it turns out it’s just not his style.

Speaking to Time magazine just before the royal wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, a royal spokesperson said William had decided to go against tradition.

“It is simply down to personal preference,” the royal aide said.

"It was something the couple discussed but Prince William isn't one for jewelry."

William (pictured with his son, Prince George) has shunned tradition. Photo: Getty
It's simply not his style to wear jewellry on his hands. Photo: Getty

William isn’t alone in his choice to keep his hand free of any jewelry as his grandfather, Prince Philip, who married Queen Elizabeth in 1947, also chooses to not wear a ring.

Considering men’s wedding rings only came into fashion in the mid 20th century, it wouldn’t have been considered fashionable back when the duo wed.

Men apparently started wearing wedding rings back in the world wars as a way of remembering their wives back at home.

The Duke has followed in the footsteps of his grandfather, who also doesn't wear a wedding ring. Here he is pictured with his wife, Kate Middleton. Photo: Getty.

Prince William’s father, Prince Charles, now wears a gold signet ring after marrying Camilla in 2006.

Likewise, Prince Andrew also wore a gold band on his pinky finger before his divorce from Sarah Ferguson was finalised.

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