The Queen’s wedding ring reportedly has a special personalised message that only her late husband, Prince Philip, and one other person know about.
The monarch wears a simple band made from pure Welsh gold from the Clogau St David’s gold mine to signify her union with the Duke of Edinburgh, who sadly passed away on 9th April 2021 at the age of 99.
Just three people know what the message says, according to royal biographer Ingrid Seward, author of Prince Philip: Revealed.
“She never takes it off and inside the ring is an inscription,” she told OK magazine.
“No one knows what it says, other than the engraver, the Queen and her husband.”
Welsh gold rings are quite the tradition in the British royal family, with the same nugget being used to make wedding rings for the marriages of Kate Middleton and Prince William in 2011, Princess Diana and Prince Charles in 1981, and Princess Margaret and Antony Armstrong-Jones in 1960.
Before asking for the Queen’s hand in marriage, the Duke was reported to have been heavily involved in the design of her engagement ring, which is a platinum ring set with eleven diamonds, a three carat round solitaire and five smaller stones set on each shoulder.
The diamonds used in the Queen’s ring also have a unique history, having been taken from an antique tiara owned by Prince Philip’s mother, Prince Alice of Battenberg.
While using diamonds from an existing piece may have been a way to save money for a family whose wealth could not match Queen Elizabeth’s, it is also believed to have been a sentimental gesture.
The beloved couple wed at Westminster Cathedral on 20 November 1947 as the UK was recovering from the Second World War.
Her majesty was aged just 21-years-old, while Prince Philip was 26-years-old.
The pair were married just shy of 74 years, with the Queen referring to her husband as her “strength and stay”.
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