WHEN it comes to planning a wedding, there's a lot to consider – but luckily for Prince Philip, the Queen's ring wasn't one of them.
Keeping up with royal tradition, Her Majesty's wedding band was crafted from Welsh gold and has a secret inscription on the inside.
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The secret message, however, has remained a mystery, despite marrying over seventy years ago, with only three people ever knowing what it says – the Queen, 94, Prince Philip, who died yesterday aged 99, and the engraver.
Writing in her book Prince Philip: A Portrait of the Duke of Edinburgh, royal expert Ingrid Seward said: "At least Philip didn't have the expense of a wedding ring, as the people of Wales supplied a nugget of Welsh gold from which the ring as made.
"She never takes it off and inside the ring is an inscription.
"No one knows what it says, other than the engraver, the Queen and her husband."
Although Philip was spared the expense of his wife's wedding band, he did put a lot of effort into creating the perfect engagement ring.
The ring is made from a tiara which belonged to Philip's mum, Princess Alice, Mirror reports.
And was given to her as a wedding gift by Tsar Nicholas II and Tsarina Alexandra of Russia, along with a stunning set of jewels.
Before asking the Queen to marry him, Philip supposedly had the tiara taken apart and used the diamonds to make a ring – which he designed himself.
The ring features a three-carat solitaire with five smaller diamonds on either side, which Philip had chosen before giving it to the then Princess Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace in the July.
Elizabeth and Philip were married on November 20, 1947 at Westminster Abbey in front of 2000 guests and more than 200 million people who tuned in to watch on TV.
They were married for 73 years and the Queen was by her husband's side when he passed away.
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