Will Princes Harry, Andrew Wear Military Uniforms at Queen Vigil?


Prince Andrew, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Harry.
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All eyes continue to be on the British royal family following Queen Elizabeth II’s death — and new dress code details are raising eyebrows.

Buckingham Palace confirmed that it was available to multiple outlets Monday, September 12. Prince Andrew, who served 22 years in the Royal Navy, was granted permission to wear his military uniform for his late mother’s final vigil “as a special mark of respect.” (The palace has yet to confirm who will attend the vigil and when it will be held.)

Since January, the Duke of York (62), has not been a senior member of the royal family. He was stripped of his military titles, royal patronages, and military titles following his alleged ties with Jeffrey Epstein and his sexual assault claims by Virginia Roberts Giuffre. (Andrew settled the lawsuit out of court in Febuary, more than two year after the initial allegations.

Prince HarryFor his part, he chose to step back from his senior duties in 2020 when he was and Meghan MarkleThe Duke of Sussex was relocated to the United States. The Duke of Sussex served for ten years and then lost his three honorary military title. According to reports, the 37 year-old prince was not permitted to wear his uniform for funeral events.

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When King Charles III, Princess Anne and Prince Edward and Andrew stepped out as their mother’s coffin made its way to St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh, Scotland, on Monday, Andrew was the only one not in uniform.

Andrew and Harry are expected to wear dark mourning suits for the rest of the funeral events while the working members of the family will be in military uniform for the procession to Westminster Hall, the State Funeral service at Westminster Abbey and the committal service at St George’s Chapel in Windsor, England.

The palace announced that no senior members would wear their military uniforms to the scaled-back funeral, which was held under COVID-19 protocols, when Prince Philip died in April 2021. Harry attended the ceremony, but Meghan, 41 (who was pregnant at the time with Lilibet), was not there. (The couple also has a son Archie.

Harry, who was spotted with William Princess Kate and Meghan in Windsor to greet well-wishers mourning the queen on Saturday, September 10, released a statement one day later, referring to the monarch as his grandmother and “Commander-in-Chief.”

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“In celebrating the life of my grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen — and in mourning her loss — we are all reminded of the guiding compass she was to so many in her commitment to service and duty. She was admired and respected around the world. Her unwavering dignity and grace remained constant throughout her life, and she is now a lasting legacy. Let us echo the words she spoke after the passing of her husband, Prince Philip, words which can bring comfort to all of us now: ‘Life, of course, consists of final partings as well as first meetings,’” he said. “Granny, while this final parting brings us great sadness, I am forever grateful for all of our first meetings — from my earliest childhood memories with you, to meeting you for the first time as my Commander-in-Chief, to the first moment you met my darling wife and hugged your beloved great-grandchildren.”

He continued: “I cherish these times shared with you, and the many other special moments in between. We already miss you deeply, not only by us, but all over the globe. And as it comes to first meetings, we now honor my father in his new role as King Charles III.”