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How Prince Harrys Wedding Band Breaks from Royal Tradition
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Prince Harry always seemed like a rule-breaker to us (#TBT to those wild Eton days), but we now have definitive proof: his wedding band.

See (fun-fact time), men, including royals, didn't really wear wedding bands until World War II, when the trend took off—the rings were comforting reminders of families back home, according to Metro UK. Today, Harry's brother, Prince William, and his grandfather, Prince Philip, both go the more traditional route of no wedding bands, while his father, Prince Charles, started wearing a signet ring on his pinkie finger after his marriage to Camilla. Very forwarding thinking, Chuck.

But that's not all. Harry's ring is made from a textured platinum, unlike Meghan Markle's wedding band, which is made from a nugget of Welsh gold that has been used for the wedding bands of royals since 1923. Harry's ring was expected to be made of the same rare piece of gold (the Welsh mines are currently exhausted, making this nugget of gold even more rare and valuable due to its historic significance). However, he opted for a more modern platinum one.

That, with the lemon elderflower cake (most royal weddings feature a fruitcake), the modern music selections and American bishop, the fact that Markle walked herself down the aisle, the number of Hollywood stars in attendance... We could keep going.

Suffice it to say: We can't wait to see what traditions these two break next.

RELATED: Prince Harry and Elton John Team Up to Follow in Princess Diana’s Legacy

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