Family firm make ring of Welsh gold
Published 29/04/2011 | 05:00
KATE Middleton will wear a wedding ring of Welsh gold made by a family firm that has supplied the monarchy for generations.
Wartski, which was founded in north Wales but is now based in Mayfair, London, has fashioned the plain, slim band from a nugget of gold given to Prince William by Queen Elizabeth shortly after the engagement was announced.
Today Prince Harry, as best man, will be responsible for keeping the ring safe.
Wartski also made the rings for the wedding of the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall in 2005 and the marriage of Viscount Linley to Serena Stanhope in 1993.
The firm was set up by Morris Wartski in 1865.
In its early days, the firm specialised in Faberge and counted King Edward VII and the Marquis of Anglesey among its patrons. A London branch opened in 1911 and clients included Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Ian Fleming and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.
Geoffrey Munn, Wartski's managing director, said: "It is a great honour for the firm and we are thrilled to be part of such a joyful occasion. They are a very charming couple."
Mr Munn declined to say if the ring was engraved.
Prince William has chosen not to wear a wedding ring out of "personal preference", St James's Palace said.
The nugget of gold came from the Clogau St David's mine at Bontddu in North Wales.
Welsh gold has been used for royal brides since the wedding of the Duke of York, later King Geogre VI, to Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon in 1923. (© Daily Telegraph, London)