King Charles and senior members of the Royal Family accompanied the Queen’s coffin on its final procession through London during the funeral ceremonies.
While Charles and the Prince of Wales were dressed in military uniform, Prince Harry was in mourning, despite having served two tours of duty in Afghanistan while in the Army.
The Duke of York was also in civilian clothes, despite having served in the Royal Navy as a helicopter pilot and as an instructor and warship captain.
The protocol surrounding the dress code has been a high-profile talking point for some of the royals during the mourning period.
Why wasn’t Harry in uniform
Harry, Duke of Sussex, served 10 years in the army, including two tours in Afghanistan, and has been seen wearing military uniform at public events before.
Prince William was commissioned as a lieutenant in the army and served for five months as the leader of an armored reconnaissance unit based in Dorset.
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He also spent two years working as a helicopter pilot for the RAF Search and Rescue force and later with the East Anglian Air Hospital but never saw active combat.
But when it came time to appear behind the Queen’s coffin during her funeral procession, Prince William was given the right to wear military uniform but Prince Harry was not.
That is because only working members of the Royal Family are allowed to wear military uniforms when attending public events to commemorate the Queen.
This dismayed Harry and Prince Andrew.
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Harry lost his honorary military titles when he stepped down as a working royal in 2020.
Andrew was removed in early 2022 amid the scandal surrounding his relationship with billionaire pedophile Jeffery Epstein.
The Duke of Sussex retains the current rank of captain but lost the title of Captain General of the Royal Marines after leaving the Royal Family.
As the funeral procession passed the Gobchan in central London, members of the Royal family in uniform approached the monument, while those in civilian dress bowed their heads.
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While there is speculation that Harry is unhappy at being denied the right to wear a military uniform, a spokesman for the Duke last week denied it.
The spokesman said that the Duke “will wear a morning suit during the events in honor of his grandmother”.
“It is not the uniform he wears that determines his ten years of military service, and we respectfully ask that the focus be on the life and legacy of Queen Elizabeth II.”
Harry was allowed to wear military uniform during his grandchildren’s vigil for the Queen on Saturday at her birth – just like Prince Andrew.
However, there were reports that he was upset after the initials ER – traditionally worn by those in the monarch’s service – were removed from the epaulets on his uniform.
Why was Prince Andrew made an exception at the birth?
Although Andrew has mostly been seen in civilian clothes during the Queen’s public events, he was given an exception for the Queen’s final vigil in Westminster Hall on Friday night.
Known as the Princes’ Watch, all the Queen’s children stood watching over her coffin at the end of her life.
The exception is believed to have been made for Andrew as a “mark of special respect” for the Queen – a decision which sparked a backlash among those angry that the disgraced Duke of York was being given the honor despite his royal status. titles stripped in shame.
King Charles uniform
The King wore tail No. 1 of the Royal Navy with sword, collar of the Order of the Garter, Order of the Valiant, order of the Neck of the Order of Merit, Star of the Garter and Star of the Thistle.
He also wore full size medals including the Queen’s Service Order (New Zealand), Coronation Medal, Silver Jubilee Medal, Golden Jubilee Medal, Diamond Jubilee Medal, Platinum Jubilee Medal and Naval Service Good Conduct (LSGC) (through x Additional Crop Service).
Other medals included the Canadian Forces Decoration (with x Extra Service Bar), the New Zealand Commemorative Medal, and the New Zealand Armed Forces Award.
Charles had a six-year military career, mainly flying for the Royal Navy.
Prince William’s uniform
The Prince of Wales wore RAF uniform No. 1 with the Garter Sash with the RAF Pilot’s Wing and the Garter Star Chest Order.
He also wore Gold, Diamond and Platinum Jubilee Medals.
William served seven years in the military, including more than three years as a search and rescue pilot.