The official countdown to the royal wedding is now on! With under a month to go, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will marry on May 19th on the grounds of Windsor Castle in St. George’s Chapel. Whilst the excited buzz has really started to build around the dress, the guest list, the decorations and the vow exchange, there’s little we’ll know until the cameras begin to roll on the morning of May 19th and the bride steps out before their nuptials at noon.
To mark the occasion and share in the excitement on the lead up to the day, we’ve just launched the ‘Monarch’ ring, available in gold, rose gold and platinum. You might have noticed that the shape of the ring is beautifully grooved to represent the shape of the Tudor Rose; the traditional emblem of England which we thought was fitting for the Royal wedding!
The House of Tudor began when Henry Tudor (Henry VII) won the crown of England from Richard III during battle in 1485, which marked the end of the ‘War of the Roses’ between the House of Lancaster (the red rose) and the House of York (the white rose.) He then secured his succession and cemented his right to the throne by marrying Elizabeth of York – the daughter of Yorkist King Edward IV. The marriage officially ended the civil war and the combined red and white rose was announced as the Tudor Rose and from then on known as a symbol of unity, peace and the national emblem of England, as it remains today.
Today you might have noticed the Tudor Rose on many Royal buildings including Hampton Court Palace, on the uniforms of the Yeoman Warders at the Tower of London and on the Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom. It therefore seemed a fitting symbol for us to use on our in our commemorative Royal wedding bands to give the piece a deeper meaning – a symbol of the marriage, the unity of having an American Princess in our English monarchy and a symbol Prince Harry will have grown up seeing in the beautiful palaces.
We can’t wait for the Royal wedding, if you want to learn more about the Monarch ring, get in touch!