Members of the royal family to wear costumes instead of military uniforms at Prince Philip’s funeral
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Members of the royal family will wear gowns instead of military uniforms during Prince Philip’s funeral, it has been confirmed.
Buckingham Palace said the usual royal code of military dress will not be enforced on this occasion, although medals can be worn with costumes.
The women will wear day dresses, the palace said.
The decision will particularly affect Prince Harry and Prince Andrew, who have been caught up in disputes over wearing the uniform.
Prince Andrew has reportedly sought to wear an admiral’s uniform, although he did not accept the promotion on his 60th birthday as he stepped down from royal duties, following the fallout from his BBC Newsnight interview on Jeffrey Epstein.
According to The temperature he hadn’t asked for the uniform.
Prince Harry was stripped of his honorary military titles in March 2021 when it was confirmed that he would not return to his senior royal duties.
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The level of military service he has performed for 10 years only entitles him to wear a costume, but he can wear his medals.
Royal occasions like funerals usually involved members of the royal family wearing their military uniforms. However Charles and Philip wore costumes in 1997 for Diana’s funeral.
Diana and Charles had been divorced for some time before her death and the funeral was not considered a state occasion.
In previous events, Harry had worn the uniform of the Blues and Royals, the regiment to which he belonged.
He was also Captain General of the Royal Marines, an honorary post he had succeeded to the Duke of Edinburgh.
But since he was not performing royal duties, the Queen could not allow him to continue in that post.
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Prince Andrew was a helicopter pilot who served in the Falklands and was to receive promotions based on his age.
He was promoted to vice-admiral at the age of 55 in 2015, but deferred promotion to admiral in 2020.
Andrew is still “in retreat” from his royal duties.
He hasn’t been doing it since November 2019, when he had a disastrous interview with Newsnight in which he did not regret his friendship with disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein.
Former BBC journalist and royal commentator Peter Hunt tweeted: “It is striking that Andrew thought he could use his father’s funeral to advance his rehabilitation and it took the news to leak out. his choice of uniform to stop him. ”
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Royal commentator Richard Kay wrote in the Daily Mail: âIt’s hard to escape the irony of this. Of all of Philip’s immediate family members, only two have – like him – been on active duty, his son Andrew and his grandson Harry.
He added: “There is Harry, and possibly Andrew, in civilian clothes alongside Prince Edward, who left the Royal Marines just weeks after his grueling commando course, but who holds a handful of honorary military titles to him. for donning the uniform, and Princess Anne, who also has a handful of Army and Navy appointments, but no service experience.
“It’s hard to imagine Philip, who said he never left the Navy but was just on permanent leave, doing anything other than harassing this extraordinary state of affairs.”
Prince Philip’s funeral will begin with a procession at 2:40 p.m. through the grounds of Windsor Castle. The ceremony will take place at 3 p.m. and will be broadcast on BBC, ITV and live on Yahoo.
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