Members of the royal family were spotted in mixed attires, many wore military uniforms, and some were seen in suits. This raised many questions, and here is the reason for it.
Buckingham Palace, before the ceremony, declared that only working royal members of the royal family with military rank would dress in uniform, and others were forbidden from wearing it. On Monday, members of the Royal family came together to the late Queen's state funeral, which was initiated with a procession from Westminster Hall to Westminster Abbey.
King Charles III, Princess Anne, Prince Edward, and Prince William wore military regalia. In contrast, Prince Andrew and Prince Harry wore suits as they were no longer a part of royal military rank. They wore dark suits to join the processions. Along with them was Peter Philips walking next to Prince Harry and also wearing a suit as he does not hold any military rank.
Previously Prince Harry served in the British Army for the past ten years and was even deployed to Afghanistan twice. Later, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stepped down from their royal duties in 2020 and lost all three honorary military titles, namely Captain General of the Royal Marines, Honorary Air Commandant of RAF Honington, and Commodore-in-Chief and Small Ships and Diving, Royal Naval Command.
The late Queen's son, Prince Andrew, dedicated more than two decades to the Royal Navy by serving as a helicopter pilot during the Falklands War in 1982. Based on a sexual assault allegation, he was convicted as a sex offender by Virginia Roberts Giuffre and was stripped of his military titles and royal patronages in January 2022.
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Only on Friday Prince Harry and Prince Andrew were allowed them to wear their uniforms throughout grief. Andrew attended a Vigil of the Princes in his uniform, joining his brothers in forming a symbolic guard around their mother's casket in Westminster Hall.
On Saturday, Queen Elizabeth's eight grandchildren performed a similar vigil as Prince Harry wore his Blues and Royals uniform, matching his brother William.
The spokesperson of Prince Harry informed PEOPLE that he would wear a “Morning suit throughout events honoring his grandmother.” And also added that,
“His decade of military service is not determined by the uniform he wears, and we respectfully ask that focus remains on the life and legacy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.”
The Duke of Sussex was ready with any attire as he wanted others to understand that his entire focus was on honoring his grandmother.
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