How Prince Harry's wedding band breaks from royal tradition

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.

RELATED: Royal engagement rings

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Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier
Prince Rainier III of Monaco announced their engagement in January 1956. The royal proposed to the actress with a stunning Cartier eternity band. 
Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier
The 10.5-carat diamond, surrounded by two baguettes was the second ring given by Prince Rainier. The first ring was a simple eternity band embellished with diamonds and rubies.  
Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and Prince Daniel

Daniel Westling and Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden announced their engagement on February 24, 2009 in Stockholm, Sweden. 

Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and Prince Daniel
The simple and single solitaire was a break from the traditional gold bands many brides sport in Sweden. However, on her wedding day, Victoria was presented with an additional diamond wedding band. 
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip
Prince Philip proposed in 1947 with a simple 3-carat solitaire surrounded by 5 diamonds on each side. 
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip
The ring featured diamonds taken from the tiara of Philip's mother, Princess Andrew of Greece. It was reportedly far too large for Elizabeth, who had it resized quickly to announce her engagement. 
Prince Charles and Princess Diana

Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer announced their engagement in London on Feb. 24, 1981. He proposed with a 12-carat blue sapphire ring that was surrounded by 14 solitaire diamonds, made by famed jewelers Garrad. 

It cost $36,000 to make at the time. 

Prince William and Duchess Kate
In 2010, Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton with the same ring.
Prince William and Duchess Kate

The blue sapphire and diamond ring is reportedly worth $500,000 today. 

King Felipe of Spain and Queen Letizia
Crown Prince Felipe of Spain proposed to Letizia Ortiz on November 6, 2003. 
King Felipe of Spain and Queen Letizia

The non-traditional eternity band featured 16 diamond baguettes and a white gold trim. It was designed by Suarez jewelers.

After the wedding, Letizia swapped the ring for a simpler band. 

Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia
Swedish Prince Carl Philip announced his engagement to Sofia in 2014 after four years of dating. He proposed with an 'unusual' ring that estimated over £10,073. 
Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia
The center stone is surrounded by a halo and features two split diamond eternity bands. 
King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima

Netherland's Queen Maxima and King Willem-Alexander got engaged in 2001 after two years of dating. The ring features an unusual color and shape. 

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima

The oval-shaped orange diamond is surrounded by two additional teardrop diamonds. The color is symbolic of the color of the Netherlands. 

Experts valued the stone anywhere from £15,000 and £150,000, says The Daily Mail

Prince Andrew and the Duchess of York
Prince Andrew, youngest son of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, proposed to Sarah Ferguson in 1986 with a ring by the same designer as Princess Diana's ring. The two had reportedly known each other since they were young children but divorced in 1996. 
Prince Andrew and the Duchess of York

The Duke proposed with an unusual ring -- an oval Burmese ruby flanked by ten diamonds arranged in a floral shape. The ring sits on a thin yellow and white band.

Ferguson's ring reportedly set the trend for ruby engagement rings throughout Britain. 

Prince Albert of Monaco and Princess Charlene
Prince Albert of Monaco proposed to Princess Charlene in 2010 with a stunning cut valued at over £50,000.
Prince Albert of Monaco and Princess Charlene
The 3-carat pear-shaped ring was designed by jewelers Maison Repossi and is embellished on both sides with white diamonds. 
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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 they break next.

RELATED: 10 reasons we love Prince Harry: 

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10 reasons to love Prince Harry
1. He's perfect with kids
Holding this cutie close, Harry looks like a natural. We bet he's great with George, Charlotte and Louis!
1. He's perfect with kids
Superman! Harry steals this little girl's heart during his visit to Chile.
2. He always keeps his family laughing
Whenever the three young royals are together, you'll see William and Kate constantly in stitches.
2. He always keeps his family laughing
Always the life of the party!
3. He plays Polo
Harry and William both play polo, looking studly as they typically compete against each other. 
3. He plays Polo
So sexy, right?!
4. Brotherly love
Boys will be boys, and these are our favorite brothers.
4. Brotherly love
William supported his brother during the first annual Invictus Games, and it was just adorable.
5. His love for puppies
UGH. Prince Harry pets a pup in the crowd, and we fall further in love.
5. His love for puppies
True love: Lupo and Harry.
6. He's a man in uniform
Harry, you clean up well.
6. He's a man in uniform
Melting hearts all over the world.
7. His dance moves
Prince Harry dancing with children is probably the greatest thing in the world.
7. His dance moves
This Prince has MOVES.
8. Baby Harry!
Need we say more?
8. Baby Harry!
STOP. George has these overalls too! 
9. His philanthropy work
Harry gives a speech at the first ever Invictus Games, which were a rousing success.
9. His philanthropy work
Harry went on a trek in Antarctica with the Walking with the Wounded organization for wounded soldiers. 
10. Because he's Prince Harry.

How could you not love Britain's "spare"?

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