Because Prince Harry didn’t wear military uniform but Prince William did

Because Prince Harry didn’t wear military uniform but Prince William did

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 19: Prince William, Prince of Wales and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex follow a carriage carrying the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II during the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey on September 19 2022 in London, England.  Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was born in Bruton Street, Mayfair, London on 21 April 1926. She married Prince Philip in 1947 and ascended the throne of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth on 6 February 1952 after the death of her father, King George VI.  Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022 and was succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III.  (Photo by Emilio Morenatti - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

The Prince of Wales and the Duke of Sussex follow a gun carriage carrying the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II. (Getty Images)

King Charles and senior members of the royal family accompanied the Queen’s coffin on its final procession through London during the ceremonies surrounding her funeral.

While Charles and the Prince of Wales were dressed in their military uniform, Prince Harry was in mourning suit, despite serving two tours in Afghanistan while in the army.

The Duke of York was also in civilian clothes, although he had served in the Royal Navy as a helicopter pilot and instructor and as a warship commander.

The protocol surrounding the dress code for some of the royals has been a high-profile talking point throughout the mourning period.

Because Harry wasn’t in uniform

Harry, the Duke of Sussex, served 10 years in the army, including two tours in Afghanistan, and has been seen wearing military uniforms at previous public events.

Prince William was commissioned as a lieutenant in the army and served for five months as the leader of an armored reconnaissance unit based in Dorset.

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Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and William, Prince of Wales, attend the state funeral and burial of Britain's Queen Elizabeth, in London, Britain September 19, 2022. REUTERS/Hannah McKay/Pool

Prince Harry and Prince William during the funeral procession for the Queen. (Reuters)

He also worked for two years as a helicopter pilot for the RAF Search and Rescue force and later with the East Anglia Air Ambulance, but never saw active combat.

But when it came time to appear behind the Queen’s coffin during her funeral procession, Prince William was given the right to wear military uniform, but Prince Harry was not.

This is because only working members of the royal family are allowed to wear military uniform during public events celebrating the Queen.

This has ruled out Harry as well as Prince Andrew.

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(left to right) The Prince of Wales, King Charles III, The Princess Royal and The Duke of Sussex following the State Armory carry the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, dressed in the Royal Standard with the Imperial Crown and the Sovereign's orb and sceptre, in the ceremonial procession during her State Funeral at Westminster Abbey, London.  Photo date: Monday, September 19, 2022.

The Prince of Wales, King Charles III, The Princess Royal and The Duke of Sussex following the state carriage carry Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin. (PA)

Harry lost his honorary military titles when he stepped down in 2020.

Andrew was stripped of them in early 2022 amid the scandal surrounding his relationship with pedophile billionaire Jeffrey Epstein.

The Duke of Sussex retains his current rank of captain, but has lost the title of general of the Royal Marines after stepping down from the royal family.

As the funeral procession moved past the Cenotaph in central London, royals in uniform saluted the memorial, while those in civilian clothes bowed their heads.

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TOPSHOT - Britain's King Charles III, Britain's Princess Anne, The Princess Royal, Prince Andrew, Duke of York and Britain's Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex arrive at Westminster Abbey in London on September 19, 2022, for the State Funeral of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II.  - World leaders will attend Queen Elizabeth II's state funeral.  The country's longest-serving monarch, who died aged 96 after 70 years on the throne, will be honored with a state funeral on Monday morning at Westminster Abbey.  (Photo by Marco BERTORELLO / AFP) (Photo by MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP via Getty Images)

The Queen’s children arrive at Westminster Abbey for the Queen’s funeral. (Getty Images)

Although there has been speculation that Harry was unhappy at being denied the right to wear a military uniform, a spokesman for the Duke denied this last week.

The spokesman said the Duke “will wear a morning suit to all events in honor of his grandmother”.

“His decade of military service is not defined by the uniform he wears and we respectfully ask that the focus remain on the life and legacy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.”

Prince Harry was allowed to wear military uniform when he held a vigil over his grandmother's coffin.  (AP)

Prince Harry was allowed to wear military uniform when he held a vigil over his grandmother’s coffin. (AP)

Harry was allowed to wear military uniform during a vigil for the Queen by her grandchildren on Saturday in her lying in state – just as Prince Andrew was.

However, there were reports that he was upset after the initials ER – traditionally worn by those serving the monarch – were removed from the epaulets on his uniform.

Why was an exception made for Prince Andrew in the recumbent state?

Although Andrew has largely been seen in plainclothes during public events around the Queen, he was given an exemption for the Queen’s final vigil in Westminster Hall on Friday night.

Known as the Princes’ Vigil, all the Queen’s children stood to watch her coffin at the end of her couch.

King Charles III, the Earl of Wessex and the Duke of York hold a vigil by the coffin of their mother, Queen Elizabeth II, as it lies in state at Westminster Hall, Palace of Westminster, London.  Photo date: Friday, September 16, 2022.

The Earl of Wessex, the Duke of York and King Charles keep a vigil alongside the Queen as she lies in state in the bunker at Westminster Hall. (PA)

The exemption for Andrew is believed to have been made as a “special mark of respect” to the Queen – a decision which sparked backlash with some angry at the disgraced Duke of York being given such an honor despite having his royal titles stripped in disgrace.

Costume of King Charles

The King wore the Royal Navy No. 1 tailcoat with sword, the collar of the Garter, the Order of the Thistle, the Order of Merit around the neck, the Star of the Wardrobe and the Star of the Thistle.

He also wore full size medals including The Queen’s Service Order (New Zealand), Coronation Medal, Silver Jubilee Medal, Golden Jubilee Medal, Diamond Jubilee Medal, Platinum Jubilee Medal and a Naval Long Service Good Conduct (LSGC) (three x additional Bar service).

Other medals included the Canadian Forces Decoration (three x additional service bars), the New Zealand Commemorative Medal and the New Zealand Armed Forces Award.

Charles had a six-year military career, mainly flying for the Royal Navy.

Prince William’s outfit

The Prince of Wales wore the RAF No 1 uniform with Garter Sash with RAF Pilot Wings and Garter Star Chest Order.

He also wore the Gold, Diamond and Platinum Jubilee Medals.

William spent seven years in the military, including more than three years as a search and rescue pilot.

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