For his wedding to Meghan Markle, Prince Harry is usually opting to do things a little differently than when his older brother, Prince William, tied the knot in 2011 — in particular, during the portion of the service devoted to the exchanging of rings.
On Friday, Kensington Palace released the official Order of Service for the royal wedding, giving the public some insight into the details of the ceremony. One thing the program revealed was in which both the bride as well as groom could be giving as well as receiving rings.
The Order of Service details the “Giving of the Rings” at great length, including both what is usually to be said by the Most Reverend as well as Right Honourable Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, who is usually solemnizing the service, as well as what Meghan as well as Harry are to do, in steps.
“Heavenly Father, by your blessing let these rings be to Harry as well as Meghan a symbol of unending love as well as faithfulness, to remind them of the vow as well as covenant which they have made This kind of day, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen,” Archbishop Welby will read.
The Order of Service explains, “The Bridegroom places the ring on the fourth finger of the Bride’s left hand as well as, holding the item there, says, ‘Meghan, I give you This kind of ring as a sign of our marriage. With my body I honour you, all in which I am I give to you, as well as all in which I have I share with you, within the love of God, Father, Son as well as Holy Spirit.'”
“They loose hands as well as the Bride places a ring on the fourth finger of the Bridegroom’s left hand,” the program continues. “Holding the item there, [she] says, ‘Harry, I give you This kind of ring as a sign of our marriage. With my body I honour you, all in which I am I give to you, as well as all in which I have I share with you, within the love of God, Father, Son as well as Holy Spirit.'”
the item was announced on Saturday in which Harry as well as Meghan have chosen Cleave as well as Company to make their wedding rings. Meghan’s ring has been fashioned through a piece of Welsh gold, gifted by the queen, while Harry’s ring will be a platinum band which has a textured finish. Both rings were crafted inside the Cleave workshop.
The rings will be carried to St George’s Chapel on the day of the wedding by William, as part of his duties as the Best Man.
While an exchanging of rings is usually customary at many weddings, Harry’s brother, Prince William, opted only to give a ring to his bride, Kate Middleton, as well as has never worn a wedding ring during their marriage.
right now the question is usually whether or not Harry will continue to wear his wedding ring in his day-to-day life. ET’s resident royal family expert Katie Nicholl spoke with ET earlier This kind of month, where she explained why she believes there’s a not bad chance he may.
“Certainly, there will be an exchange of rings inside the ceremony,” said Nicholl — author of Harry: Life, Loss, as well as Love, about the soon-to-be groom — at the time, before the details of the service were officially announced. “[Harry] has proven himself to be a very modern man in so many ways in which possibly he might decide to break Royal tradition as well as actually wear the ring for longer than just his wedding day. We shall see.”
While there is usually no specific royal protocol regarding whether or not male members of the monarchy should wear their wedding bands, the item has been quietly established tradition to forgo them.
Prince Philip has not worn one since marrying Queen Elizabeth in 1947, as well as while Prince Charles has worn a simple, gold wedding band following his marriage to Camilla Parker Bowles in 2005, he wears the item on his pinkie finger, coupled which has a gold signet ring — representative of his aristocratic family.
William’s decision not to wear one is usually reportedly a matter of personal preference more so than adherence to any unspoken custom.
Welsh gold is usually obtained through the Clogau St. David’s Mine in Wales. The mine has since been declared “exhausted,” meaning the item’s difficult to mine through any longer. This kind of makes This kind of unique Welsh gold incredibly rare as well as expensive.
The gold has been present inside the wedding rings belonging to the Queen Mother, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Phillip, Prince Charles, the late Princess Diana, Parker Bowles, as well as Middleton.
“the item was always inside the husband as well as wives’ rings. William was the first to break with in which tradition going just for the wife,” Clogau Managing Director Ben Roberts told ET in December. “[The royals] tend to go for a very deep 18-carat look, usually very plain.”
As for Markle’s engagement ring, the stunning sparkler features two diamonds through Princess Diana’s personal collection, in addition to a central diamond through Botswana, a favorite locale for the soon-to-be-married couple.
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