Last night, I returned home last from an all-day conference — also, soaking wet because the wind ruined my umbrella and popping cough drops because I’m pretty sure I’m getting a sore throat, no thanks to being rained on — to learn the scandalous news that Prince William will not wear a wedding band after he is married. Apparently this news was preposterous enough to overtake many of my Google Reader feeds.
According to ABC News:
Ringless royal patriarchs are not uncommon. “It’s been the same in other royal weddings,” a source told US Weekly.
William’s grandfather, Prince Phillip, does not wear a wedding ring. Neither did Prince Charles when he married Princess Diana.
I mean, who cares that he is choosing not to wear a ring? Does that really change anything? Is the ring supposed to symbolize that he “belongs” to her or vice versa? I doubt Prince Charles or Prince Phillip faced the same scrutiny. Then again, they didn’t get married in an era of tabloid magazines chronicling their every move.
One of the most frustrating things about getting married is that every single thing you do is criticized. You want hydrangeas? You’re criticized by those who prefer roses. You’re having a buffet? You’re critized by those who prefer sit-down dinners. You’re not having any bridesmaids? You’re critized by those who had twelve. I have been trying to avoid Royal Wedding hoopla simply because I knew that every decision they made would be bemoaned in the American media.
My mom doesn’t wear her ring. The ring no longer fits her fingers and she’s never bothered to get it resized. Also, some of my family members in less glamorous occupations don’t wear rings because it’s simply not practical. Sometimes I don’t even like wearing mine when handling large or heavy archives because I know I will go home with dusty clothes, a dusty ring, and chipped nails.
The Welsh ring described in the article 1. sounds beautiful 2. clearly has a lot of family history and 3. will most likely look flawless on Kate. Also, it’s their decision and everyone should just leave it as that.