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Meghan Markle, Kate Middleton, Princess Diana and the Queen's wedding rings have the same secret meaning

Sarah Ferguson and Sophie Wessex also follow the trend

Bridie Wilkins

Meghan Markle, Kate Middleton, the Queen and Princess Diana's wedding rings might seem understated in comparison to their lavish engagement rings, but they all have one significant similarity: they're made from Welsh gold.

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For nearly 200 years, the royal family have opted for this as the rarest and most expensive type of gold in the world.

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The Queen was gifted 36kg of gold in the 1980s from the Royal British Legion, which is believed to have been used for part of Sarah, Duchess of York's band, as well as Sophie, the Countess of Wessex's.

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On Her Majesty's 60th birthday she received an additional 1kg from Gwynfynydd Gold Mine, which was likely used for the Duchess of Sussex and Cambridge's rings, although this has not yet been confirmed.

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Kate Middleton's wedding and engagement ring

When the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge married in 2011, St James's Palace released a statement reading: "The wedding ring that Catherine Middleton will wear will be made of Welsh gold. The gold was given to Prince William by the Queen shortly after the couple were engaged. It has been in the family's possession for some years and has been in the care of the royal jewellers. There are no further details on which mine the gold was mined from."

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Meghan Markle's wedding ring

Likewise, Kensington Palace confirmed that Meghan's ring was, "Fashioned from a piece of Welsh gold, gifted by Her Majesty The Queen."

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The Queen's wedding and engagement ring

The Queen, who will celebrate her 73rd wedding anniversary with Prince Philip on 20 November 2020, has the same simple gold style. Royal expert and biographer Ingrid Seward wrote in her new book Prince Philip: A Portrait of the Duke of Edinburgh: "At least Philip didn't have the expense of a wedding ring, as the people of Wales supplied a nugget of Welsh gold from which the ring was made. She never takes it off." 

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Princess Diana's wedding and engagement ring

To be specific, the Queen's gold is said to have come from the Clogau mine in Snowdonia, where Princess Diana's gold was also sourced for her band.

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