Military uniform or not? What will the Royal Family wear to Queen’s funeral | world news
Britain’s longest-serving monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, will be laid to rest at Westminster Abbey on Monday. The monarch’s state funeral will be the first in Britain since that of former British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill in 1965. Queen Elizabeth II died peacefully last Thursday. She was 96 years old.
As the Royal Family will be in attendance, Buckingham Palace said only serving members of the Royal Family who hold military rank may wear uniform at the state funeral at Westminster Abbey. This means that King Charles III, William – the Prince of Wales, Anne – the Princess Royal and Prince Edward – the Earl of Wessex will wear the military uniforms.
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Prince Andrew and Harry – the Duke of Sussex – will not wear military uniform, the BBC has reported. Prince Andrew spent 22 years in the Royal Navy as a helicopter pilot during the Falklands War in 1982. Andrew resigned as royal in 2019. Although Andrew will not wear military uniform during the state funeral, an exception was made for him when he wore military uniform at the Westminster Hall wake.
Prince Harry served in the military for 10 years and was also deployed twice to Afghanistan. Harry lost his military titles when he and his wife Meghan Markle resigned from their duties in March 2020. Harry also wore military uniform at the wake for the Queen’s grandchildren.