Kate Middleton and Prince William
When it came time to pop the question, Prince William
slid a very special ring
on Kate Middleton
's finger: the diamond-studded sapphire stunner that belonged to his mother, Princess Diana.
But just weeks before their April 29 nuptials
, here's another question: What ring will William put on Middleton's finger to seal the deal?
Although the palace has remained mum on the topic, there is one likely frontrunner – and it looks like the princess-to-be will be one lucky, golden girl.
In terms of traditions
, a royal bride's wedding ring should be graced with Welsh gold from a special family reserve. Since the late Queen Elizabeth's wedding in 1923, the Palace's gold go-to has been Clogau Gold. The company runs a mine in Dolgellau, North Wales, which is historically the source of the gold in the wedding bands.
The gold guru wouldn't confirm any role in the royal wedding, and in a statement on its Web site
, Ben S. Roberts, managing director, only made one thing clear: It's up to the Royal Family.
"As much as we would delight in this tradition being continued with Prince William and Miss Middleton's wedding jewelry, and also for many generations to come, the Palace, understandably, are simply not in a position to confirm," he said. "Consequently, it is the case that we will have to wait until the wedding day, on Friday 29th April, or shortly thereafter, until there is an official response on the subject from the Palace or the newlyweds themselves."
Typically, G. Collins & Sons Limited, the official jeweler of the Crown, is the palace's source for royal accessories. The family-run company has been bejeweling the Queen since 2000 as her personal jeweler and stepped up as Crown Jeweler in 2007.
Before 2007, Garrard & Co held the honor since 1843, designing signature Palace pieces, including Queen Mary's Durbar Tiara, the King George IV State Diadem and Diana's iconic engagement ring, now passed down to Middleton.
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