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The tradition of using Welsh gold in the wedding rings of the British Royal family began in 1923 and was carried into its 95th year with the most recent Royal wedding of Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex on 19th May 2018.

Some of this very same rare Welsh gold is contained within each piece of Clogau jewellery, making it some of the most exclusive jewellery in the world. The content of Welsh gold can be identified by the Welsh dragon stamp, and other unique marks that denote a genuine piece of Clogau.

In 1911, at the investiture of Prince Edward of Wales at Caernarfon Castle, the regalia used (which consisted of a coronet, a rod, a ring, a sword and a robe or mantle with doublet and sash) incorporated pure Welsh gold, identified by the Welsh dragon stamp. The regalia were later re-used at Prince Charles's investiture at Caernarfon Castle, in 1969.

Some members of the British Royal Family have used pure Welsh gold to create their wedding rings, since 1923. This tradition was founded by The Queen Mother, then Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, on her marriage to the Duke of York on 26th April, 1923.

Other members of the Royal Family that have had Welsh gold wedding rings include:

• 1923 The Queen Mother's marriage to King George VI
• 1947 Queen Elizabeth II marriage to Prince Phillip
• 1960 Princess Margaret’s marriage
• 1973 Princess Anne's marriage
• 1981 Prince Charles's marriage to Princess Diana
• 2005 Prince Charles's marriage to Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall
• 2011 Prince William's marriage to Catherine Middleton
• 2018 Prince Harry's marriage to Meghan Markle

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth's very own wedding ring, from her marriage to The Duke of Edinburgh on 20th November 1947, is crafted from a nugget of pure Welsh gold from the Clogau St. David's gold mine.

The tradition of the British Royal Family using Welsh gold wedding rings was carried into its 95th year during the most recent royal wedding of Their Royal Highnesses, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex on 19th May, 2018.

Rare Welsh gold is contained within each piece of Clogau jewellery, making it some of the most exclusive jewellery in the world. The content of Welsh gold can be identified by the Welsh dragon stamp, and other unique marks that denote a genuine piece of Clogau.

Royal Association Timeline

1911July 13

Prince Edwards

The Welsh gold story goes back over 100 years, when Prince Edward was invested as the Prince of Wales. The coronation regalia, known as the Honours of the Principality of Wales were made from Welsh gold.
1923April 23

Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother

The wedding ring of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother was made from pure Welsh gold from the Clogau St. David’s gold mine.
1947Nov 20

Queen Elizabeth II

Her Majesty The Queen, Elizabeth II had her wedding ring made from pure Welsh gold from the Clogau St. David’s gold mine.
1960May 6

Princess Margaret

Princess Margaret’s wedding ring was made from pure Welsh gold from the Clogau St. David’s gold mine.
1969July 1

Prince Charles

Prince Charles was invested as the Prince of Wales, using the same coronation regalia as Prince Edward I, known as the Honours of the Principality of Wales were made from Welsh gold.
1973Nov 14

Princess Anne

Princess Anne’s wedding ring was made from pure Welsh gold from the Clogau St. David’s gold mine.
1981July 29

Princess Diana

Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales and Diana, the late Princess of Wales’ wedding rings were made from pure Welsh gold from the Clogau St. David’s gold mine.
1986July 23

Sarah, Duchess of York

36g of Welsh gold of unknown origin, gifted by the Royal British Legion went into the making of the ring worn by Sarah, Duchess of York (1986).
1999June

Gwynfynydd gold

1kg of Welsh gold from the Gwynfynydd mine, presented to the Queen on her 60th birthday in 1986. This may be source of gold for rings for the Earl and Countess of Wessex in June 1999.
2005April 9

Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall

Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales and Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall’s wedding rings were made from pure Welsh gold.
2011April 29

Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge

When Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge married Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge her wedding ring was made from pure Welsh gold.
2018May 19

Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex

The tradition of the British Royal family using Welsh gold wedding rings was carried into its 95th year during the most recent Royal wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on 19th May 2018. Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex’s wedding ring was made from pure Welsh gold.