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William won't wear wedding ring after marriage

entertainment Updated: Apr 23, 2011 12:48 IST

Prince William has decided not to wear a wedding ring following his marriage to Kate Middleton, according to palace officials.

Senior royal sources said the prince discussed the issue with his fiancee but has chosen not to.

"It is simply down to personal preference," the Daily Mail quoted an aide, as saying.

William's decision not to sport a wedding band is likely to cause some surprise, however, as it is so commonplace nowadays.

But a St James's Palace aide insisted that it was a decision that Middleton was happy with.

"It was something the couple discussed but Prince William isn't one for jewellery – he doesn't even wear a signet ring – and decided he didn't want to. It really is just down to personal preference," said the officials.

"Catherine will wear a ring fashioned from a lump of Welsh gold owned by the royal family that has been smelted down. The couple has both had a hand in the design. This is the ring Prince Harry will carry and hand over in the traditional way," they added.

"It is quite common for men in that strata of society not to wear a traditional wedding band. If they do, they tend to wear it with their family signet ring but William doesn't have one of those," another source added.