Everything for grandma. As the grandchildren of Queen Elizabeth II held a special vigil before her state funeral, Prince Harry was able to wear his military dress uniform despite initial court decisions.
The 38-year-old Duke of Sussex marched behind his older brother Prince William when they entered Westminster Hall on Saturday 17 September. Both couples were dressed in military attire as they took their places at opposite ends of the Queen’s coffin. Harry and the 40-year-old Prince of Wales were joined by their cousins: Peter Phillips, Zara Tindall (née Phillips) Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, Lady Louise Windsor as well as James, Viscount Severn. The Queen and eight grandchildren of the late Prince Philip then paid tribute to Her Majesty, who passed away on September 8 at the age of 96.
While all of William and Harry’s cousins were dressed in mourning on Saturday, it was previously rumored that Harry would also be wearing a black suit or military uniform. In honor of the co-founder and wife of Archewell Meghan Markle After stepping down from his posts as senior members of the royal family in 2020, Harry was subsequently stripped of honorary military ranks.
Harry, who served in the British army for 10 years, was banned from wearing a uniform for the procession to Westminster Hall on Wednesday, September 14, like his uncle. Prince Andrew. (The Duke of York, 62, stepped down from public office in 2019 after being accused of sexual assault that was settled out of court. Andrew was stripped of his royal titles later in January.) Sharp-eyed royal onlookers also noticed that Harry didn’t saluted his grandmother’s coffin during the march, while his father, King Charles IIIWilliam and other family members.
Andrei, for his part, was allowed to wear a military uniform only for the wake of his late mother on Friday, September 16th. Andrew, 73-year-old king, Princess Anna as well as Prince Edward all wore uniforms as they changed around their dead mother’s coffin.
Despite an early exception made for Andrew, BetterUp’s CIO still couldn’t wear his uniform.
“He has come to terms with not wearing a uniform on these occasions,” an exclusive source said. Us weekly at that time. “Although disappointing in some ways, he is simply grateful to be present and honoring the Queen. After all, it’s just a uniform.”
However, a few days before the Saturday vigil, Buckingham Palace changed its mind and allowed Harry to wear the uniform.
The coffin of the long-reigning sovereign has been in Westminster Hall from Wednesday, where he will remain until Monday, September 19th. State funeral of Elizabeth.
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