Having had our fingers crossed for the past five months, it has now been confirmed by Clarence House no less that Clogau gold will be used to make Kate/Catherine’s wedding ring.
However, what has really divided team RJ is William’s decision not to wear one. Being rather anti-tradition and generally anti-weddings, I like it.
It’s a modern decision but no more modern than William’s choice of wedding cake (which is apparently some chocolate and McVitie’s biscuit mix).
Online editor Kate Donovan was not impressed and thought he should be wearing a ring. As I said, we are a team divided. Interestingly, though, the practice of men wearing wedding rings is a relatively new one. Before 1940 only about 15% of men wore a ring. When they all went off to war, and presumably need an aide-memoire of their wives back home, this figure shot up to 60% and now around 80-90% of men wear a ring.
Maybe William doesn’t need a ring to remind him he is married, unless his memory is really appalling or possibly, given the small amount of Clogau gold left, he made the decision not to have a ring so his fiancée could have her ring made from it, which would be an even more romantic gesture than wearing a ring.
But where do you stand? Is this a rather modern decision or a dubious statement?