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The One Thing You've Probably Never Noticed About Prince William

The proof is in the pictures.

31/01/2017 7:44 AM AEDT | Updated 02/05/2017 10:32 PM AEST
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LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 17: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry attends a briefing to announce plans for Heads Together ahead of the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon at ICA on January 17, 2017 in London, England. Heads Together, Charity of the Year 2017, is led by The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry in partnership with leading mental health charities. (Photo by Danny Martindale/WireImage)

Though you’ve probably seen a million pictures of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, you might’ve missed one important thing missing from the left hand of the man second in line for the British throne: his wedding ring.  

While Kate wears a gorgeous sapphire and diamond engagement ring with a Welsh gold wedding band, Prince William doesn’t wear one. As pointed out by Business Insider, the Prince didn’t receive one during his 2011 wedding to the Duchess, according to the royal wedding’s official program. 

His aversion to rings was attributed to personal preference, but it’s actually quite common for the British upper class to skip the relatively new custom.

“It is not unusual at all for men from the upper sets in Britain to shun wearing a wedding band,” etiquette expert William Hanson told Harper’s Bazaar. “This is not because of any intentions that they may wish to play away from home once married, but because it was traditionally not the done thing for gentlemen to wear jewellery. Years ago, this even included watches, but even hardened snobs have relaxed on that front.”    

Scroll through below to check out more photos of Prince William’s jewelry-free hands:

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Showing off his non-existent ring again! 
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Two kids, zero rings. 
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🎤  He's got a really big team, but they don't need any rings 🎤 -- Drake, probably. 
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Surprise! Still no jewelry! 
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No ring here! 

We wonder what Prince Harry will do when his time comes! 

CORRECTION: Language in this article has been updated to show that Prince William is the heir to the British throne.

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