Will Prince Harry wear uniform at funeral of Queen Elizabeth II- It appears a “u-turn” has been made after rumours that Prince Harry will be unable to wear a military uniform at the Queen’s funeral, as was the case for his grandfather Prince Philip’s funeral (sparking extremely varied views).
Will Prince Harry wear uniform at funeral?
According to a recent press release, Prince Harry can now join his brother, Prince William, and their six cousins in honouring the late Queen while wearing his Blues and Royals uniform. But this won’t be at the burial itself; rather, it will be when they keep vigil this Saturday at Westminster around Her Majesty’s casket (on Monday 19 September).
This is apparently a shift from the initial plans and comes after Prince Harry’s representative asked the media and the public to focus instead on his grandmother’s legacy and not on what he was wearing.
“[Prince Harry] will wear a morning suit throughout events honouring his grandmother. His decade of military service is not determined by the uniform he wears and we respectfully ask that focus remain on the life and legacy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II”.
Omid Scobie, a royal journalist who is thought to get along well with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, posted the fresh information on Twitter. He says, “In a dramatic u-turn, palace officials have informed Prince Harry that he CAN wear his military uniform at a final vigil. On Saturday evening, Harry will join seven other grandchildren at Westminster Hall to stand in silence for 15 minutes by the Queen’s coffin.”
𝐔𝐏𝐃𝐀𝐓𝐄: In a dramatic u-turn, palace officials have informed Prince Harry that he CAN wear his military uniform at a final vigil. On Saturday evening, Harry will join seven other grandchildren at Westminster Hall to stand in silence for 15 minutes by the Queen’s coffin.
— Omid Scobie (@scobie) September 15, 2022
Prince Harry is not regarded as a working royal and had to resign from his honorary military postings after he gave up his royal duties in 2020 to relocate to California with Meghan Markle. Although Prince Andrew is a non-working royal who was deprived of his military titles after allegations of sexual assault, the change in dress code nonetheless attracted a lot of attention, in part because he would be permitted to wear his uniform at the Queen’s funeral vigil “as a special symbol of respect.”
Omid Scobie also informed the public about the positions of the grandchildren at the event of Queen’s funeral vigil.
UPDATE: Palace confirm all eight grandchildren to stand vigil beside Queen’s coffin on Sat eve. William (flanked by Zara and Peter) at the head, Harry (flanked by Beatrice and Eugenie) at the foot. Louise and James at the middle. At Charles’ request, brothers will be in uniform.
— Omid Scobie (@scobie) September 16, 2022
All ex-members of the British armed forces are prohibited from donning military garb once they are no longer engaged in active military service. Because at that point they are regarded as civilians, according to a general norm. However, it is permitted to wear your medals, as Prince Harry did on Wednesday during the Queen’s funeral procession, with a black suit.