Wedding rings: Have men always worn them?

A generation or two ago, a British prince choosing not to wear a wedding ring would have barely drawn comment. But the headlines that followed that decision by Prince William show that rings for husbands are now the norm.

William’s decision not to wear a wedding ring isn’t unique even in his own family. Prince Charles does wear one – next to a signet ring on the little finger of his left hand – but the Duke of Edinburgh does not.

Those contrasting decisions may to some extent be considered a product of the times in which William’s father and grandfather were each married.

While the wearing of wedding rings by brides has been traced back to ancient Egypt, it is only in the latter part of the last century that more than a small minority of bridegrooms began doing the same.

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