As Catherine “Kate” Middleton walked down the aisle this morning in Westminster Abbey to her awaiting Prince, she looked stunning in her floor-length Alexander McQueen wedding gown designed by Sarah Burton. The most covered and talked about event of the day, the world watched excitedly as Kate and Prince William exchanged their wedding vows. Just one thing was missing. Prince William didn’t get a wedding ring. Yes, he pledged his fidelity and everlasting love to his new wife. He even placed a simple, but elegant Welsh gold wedding band on Kate’s finger but he himself will not be wearing a wedding ring.
A source told US Weekly it is common for royal patriarchs not to wear a wedding ring. Prince Phillip, William’s grandfather, does not display one. Neither did Prince William’s father, Prince Charles, when he married Princess Diana. However one can now find two bands, a signet and a wedding ring, on the left finger of Prince Charles ever since he married Camilla Parker Bowles in 2005.
During the wedding ceremony, many ministers remind the bride and groom while exchanging vows that “the wedding ring is a symbol of eternity. It is an outward sign of an inward and spiritual bond which unites two hearts in endless love.” It is the most famous and instantly recognizable token of love and of deep commitment to one’s spouse and marriage. So why would either the bride or groom not want to wear a wedding ring?
The institution of marriage has come under intense scrutiny in recent years as many question if its sanctity is still a practical ideal. However of all the marital traditions that have been abandoned, wearing a wedding ring is one that has held steadfast. Now I wonder how much longer that tradition will last.
Will the groom not wearing a wedding ring become the marital trend? As a bride, how would you feel if your groom decided not to display a wedding ring?
Watch Prince William and Catherine Middleton exchange vows here: http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7364272n
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