April 27, 2011
Prince William doesn't like to wear jewelry. He doesn't need a ring to remind himself that he is marrying the beautiful, glowing Kate Middleton.
When word leaked out that he decided to skip the gold band at the royal wedding, however, busybodies (like us) began to talk. Is William kicking sand at tradition? Are wedding rings for men and women going the way of fountain pens and garter belts?
Kinda-sorta, says Rob Weiner, a pop culture and visual and performing arts librarian at Texas Tech University. "A certain segment of the population does believe William is thumbing his nose at time-honored traditions."