Follow the protocol. Prince Harry Prince Andrew‘s attendance at Queen Elizabeth II‘s coffin procession came with certain rules — including that the duo were not allowed to perform a salute.
The solemn event took place on Wednesday September 14th. Andrew, 62, and Harry, 37 were both dressed in morning suits, instead of their military uniforms. King Charles III, Princess Anne, Prince Edward Prince William were all in their military attire as the procession traveled from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall — and they saluted the national memorial.
Andrew and Harry, on the other hand, were only permitted to bow their heads during that symbolic gesture. This is after it was reported that the pair would not be wearing military uniforms as they are not working members of the royal family.
Buckingham Palace previously confirmed that the Duke of York would be allowed to arrive in his uniform for one event “as a special mark of respect” to the late monarch. (Elizabeth, who was 96 years old, died on Thursday, September 8th due to mobility issues.
Andrew, who served over 20 years in Royal Navy, was charged with sexual assault. Virginia Roberts GiuffreNovember 2019. Andrew was removed from his military titles, including Colonel in the Grenadier Guards, and he was not allowed to participate in senior royal duties.
For his part the Duke of Sussex, along with his wife, has resigned from his senior positions. Meghan Markle2020. After making their decision permanent, the couple, who have a 3-year-old son Archie, and a 15-month-old girl Lili, made the move to California. Harry, who had served in the armed services for 10 years, lost his three honorary military title.
Harry, a spokesperson, addressed the uniform rules in a statement just before the procession. “[Prince Harry]He will wear a morning dress during events in memory of his grandmother. His decade of military service is not determined by the uniform he wears and we respectfully ask that focus remain on the life and legacy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II,” the statement read on Tuesday, September 13.
Exclusively from a source Us Weekly that Harry had “come to terms” with not wearing his uniform, adding, “Whilst that’s disappointing in some senses, he’s just grateful to be present and honoring the queen. At the end of the day, it’s only a uniform.”
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