Princess Beatrice Broke Royal Tradition with Her Wedding Ring — in the Most Romantic Way

Princess Beatrice’s secret royal wedding broke with tradition in many ways — including with her choice of wedding ring!

Since the Queen Mother’s wedding in 1923, the royal family has been using Welsh gold for their wedding bands. Recent royal brides Princess Eugenie, and Meghan Markle both followed the nearly 100-year tradition, as did Kate Middleton when she married Prince William in 2011.

But when Beatrice’s husband-to-be, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, was designing her ring, he chose platinum over gold.

“We designed the ring in platinum because we wanted it to aesthetically match and entwine with the engagement ring,” British jeweler Shaun Leane tells PEOPLE. “The rings have been made for each other and there’s a romance in that.”

“I think it’s really romantic — they really wanted to unite as soon as possible,” says the Mayfair-based jeweler, who is known for his edgy, modern designs — like the avant-garde sculptural pieces he created for the late British fashion designer Alexander McQueen.

“I’m really happy for them that against the odds they achieved what they wanted to and got married – they are such a wonderful couple and very much in love," he adds.

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While Leane was the jeweler of choice for Beatrice's rings, for the groom they chose a vintage gold band by Josh Collins, son of Harry Collins at G Collins and Sons, personal jewelers to the Queen.

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