Princess Beatrice’s secret royal wedding broke with tradition in many ways — including with her choice of wedding ring!
Since the Queen Mother’s wedding in 1923, the royal family has been using Welsh gold for their wedding bands. Recent royal brides Princess Eugenie, and Meghan Markle both followed the nearly 100-year tradition, as did Kate Middleton when she married Prince William in 2011.
But when Beatrice’s husband-to-be, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, was designing her ring, he chose platinum over gold.
“We designed the ring in platinum because we wanted it to aesthetically match and entwine with the engagement ring,” British jeweler Shaun Leane said. “The rings have been made for each other and there’s a romance in that.”
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The wedding ring, which curves around the top of the Victorian and Art Deco-inspired platinum-and-diamond engagement ring (also designed by the groom), features over 0.5 karats of the “purest and highest quality diamonds.” The two rings were designed over the course of “five or six” meetings with Edoardo, known as "Edo" by friends and family, some four months before he proposed to Beatrice in September of last year. Check out the combo separated here:
And stacked together here:
Beatrice quietly wed Edoardo in front of about 20 guests on Friday during a small and intimate ceremony at All Saint’s Chapel in Windsor Great Park. Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip were among the wedding guests at the rescheduled event, which had been postponed in May due to the coronavirus pandemic. The bride wore a repurposed Norman Hartnell vintage evening gown from her grandmother's closet and a diamond tiara that the Queen herself wore on her own wedding day.
While Leane was the jeweler of choice for Beatrice's rings, for the groom they chose a vintage gold band by Josh Collins, son of Harry Collins at G Collins and Sons, personal jewelers to the Queen.