Princess Beatrice broke century-old royal tradition with her choice of wedding ring

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Princess Beatrice broke a historical royal tradition that her younger sister had followed with her choice of wedding ring.

Over the past century, most royal brides have gone for the same ring – a simple band made of Welsh gold – in a tradition sparked by the Queen’s mother.

Beatrice’s younger sister Eugenie adhered to this tradition when she married Jack Brooksbank in 2018.

Meghan Markle also opted to stick to this tradition when her and Prince Harry tied the knot earlier the same year.

And Kate Middleton also went for a simple gold band when she married Prince William in 2011.

But Beatrice instead asked jeweller Shaun Leane to create her bespoke wedding ring, Hello magazine reports.

The design is said to be a stunning platinum and diamond ring which ‘fuses Victorian and Art Deco aesthetics’ and was made by hand.

Shaun had also created Beatrice’s engagement ring, and the two are said to slot together perfectly.

Shaun told Hello: “I am thrilled for the happy couple, it warms my heart to see two wonderful people unite in love as much as Edoardo and Beatrice do.

“I feel very honoured to have been a part of their journey and to have been involved in the very special moments of designing and creating the engagement ring and wedding ring.

“I wish them a lifetime of love and happiness together.”

The Queen’s wedding band is believed to have been made from Welsh gold.

Princess Margaret, Princess Anne, Princess Diana, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall also reportedly had the same gold with their rings.

Gold from Welsh mines was first used for royal wedding rings in 1923 when King George VI married Elizabeth Bowes Lyon – the great-grandmother of groom-to-be Prince Harry.

It was then followed up the Queen in 1947 when she tied the knot with Prince Philip in 1947 and has become a staple at royal nuptials ever since.

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