Why William and Harry won’t wear military uniforms at Prince Philip’s funeral
On Thursday evening, Christopher Joll, the regimental historian of the Household Cavalry, questioned whether the move was necessary, pointing out that as Colonel-in-Chief of the Blues and Royals, the Queen could have allowed Prince Harry to wear the ‘uniform.
“He would have been perfectly entitled to wear his Blues and Royals uniform with the permission of his commanding officer, who in this case is the queen,” he said.
âHe could have worn his No. 1 ceremonial uniform rather than the frock coat he wore to his wedding. At a ceremonial funeral, formal dress is usually worn. Ultimately, it all depends on the Queen. – she is the source of dress codes. “
It is believed that this is only the second time in more than a century that members of the royal family have not worn a uniform at the funeral of a monarch or their spouse.
Discussions on the issue are said to have gone to the end, with high-ranking officials, including the master of the house, Vice-Admiral Tony Johnstone-Burt, trying to negotiate a solution.
It came after a source close to Prince Andrew said he would “do what is appropriate” and have no intention of distracting from his father’s funeral, which will be held at St George’s Chapel in 15 hours.
The event is known as the ceremonial royal funeral, based on that which took place 19 years ago for the Queen Mother, the wife of George VI, at the specific request of Prince Philip.
On that day in April 2002, all members of the royal family authorized to wear the uniform did so, although they wore mourning attire at the private funeral of the Queen’s sister, Princess Margaret, a few weeks earlier, as well as at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales, in 1997.