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Meghan Markle's wedding ring made from Welsh gold

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding will take place on May 19. Credit: PA

Meghan Markle's wedding ring will be made from gold from the Clogau St David's mine at Bontddu in North Wales, it's been announced.

Royal wedding rings worn by brides are traditionally made from gold nuggets from Gwynedd.

The Queen Mother began the tradition of royal wedding rings being made from Welsh gold after the precious metal was used to make her wedding band when she married in 1923.

One nugget of gold was used to make the Queen Mother's wedding ring, the Queen's in 1947, Princess Margaret's in 1960, the Princess Royal's in 1973 and that of Diana, Princess of Wales in 1981.

The gold came from the Clogau St David's mine at Bontddu in North Wales. There is now only a minute sliver - one gram (0.035oz) - of the original nugget left.

But in November 1981, the British Royal Legion presented the Queen with a 36-gram (1.3oz) piece of 21-carat Welsh gold for future royal wedding rings.

In contrast, very few men in the monarchy have chosen to put on a wedding band, Prince Harry included.

He is unlikely to wear one, much like his brother, Prince William, his grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh, and uncles the Duke of York and Earl of Wessex, who all chose not to wear the symbol of marriage.

The highly anticipated Royal wedding will take place on Saturday May 19 at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.