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Monday, May 2, 2011

Prince Harry's wedding day secret revealed: He had hidden pocket sewn into uniform to keep Kate's ring safe

By Rebecca English

Lord of the ring: Prince Harry walks sister of the bride and maid of honour Philippa Middleton down the aisle in Westminster Abbey

Prince Harry was so scared of dropping Kate Middleton’s wedding ring that he had a secret pocket built into his uniform to carry it, MailOnline can reveal.

While most best men carry the ring in their trouser or jacket pocket, Harry’s Blues and Royals military outfit was so tight fitting that the tailor, Kashket and Partners, was unable to incorporate one into the design.

So with the prince’s help, the firm came up with the idea of a special gold embroidered cuff which could be attached to Harry's jacket. Sewn inside was a secret compartment in which the precious Welsh gold ring could be kept safe.

The entire set up was so discreet that Harry was able to stand at the high altar at Westminster Abbey, in front of an estimated two billion television viewers, and pull the band out without anyone knowing.

Kashket began as hatters to the Russian royal court in the early 20th century. It specialises in parade and ceremonial uniforms and holds a royal warrant from the Queen.

Recently the company made a suit for Colin Firth in the film The King's Speech and made all of Jude Law’s outfits in the movie Alfie.

Cunning: Prince Harry's secret cuff pocket, made by Kashket and Partners

Harry’s cuff was made from a heavyweight Melton wool fabric embroidered with a two per cent pure gold wire.

A spokesman said: 'The team were asked to design a small pocket to keep Kate’s ring safe, particularly during the journey from Clarence House to Westminster Abbey, as Harry has no pocket in his military trousers.

Can you spot it? Prince Harry's secret pocket meant he could remain cool and calm about producing the ring in front of two billion TV viewers

'Harry, aware that he would be waving to the crowds, feared he may drop the ring and wanted a secret compartment.

'The brothers wanted the day to run smoothly and decided this would be the best option.

'We were happy to oblige.'

A royal source added: ‘Prince Harry was terrified that he would arrived at the Abbey and find out that he had dropped the ring on the way. His brother was always ribbing him about it.'

Kashket also made Prince William’s Irish Guards uniform for the big day as well as the page boy outfits.

Near the knuckle: The moment Prince William slid the ring onto Kate's finger, with a bit of wriggling



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