15 Apr Prince Philip: Royals expected to wear suits at Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral after U-turn on military uniform | UK News
Members of the Royal Family will break with tradition and not wear military uniform at the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral.
Under the original plan, Prince Harry faced being one of the only close relatives not in uniform – despite serving with the Army in Afghanistan – as he lost his honorary titles when he quit royal duties.
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Protocol suggests he can only wear a suit with medals.
Andrew and Charles were set to be in uniform through their service with the Royal Navy – with Andrew reportedly considering an admiral’s uniform.
He was due to be promoted to the rank last year but it was “deferred” when he stepped back from duties amid outcry over his links with Jeffrey Epstein.
Prince William served in both the army and RAF.
The U-turn on uniforms was “the most eloquent solution to the problem”, a military source told The Sun.
With the funeral days away, the Queen carried out a ceremony at Windsor Castle on Wednesday to formally welcome her new Lord Chamberlain, former MI5 boss Baron Parker.
He will be in overall control of the funeral in his new post as the most senior official in the royal household.
Saturday’s funeral takes place in St George’s Chapel at Windsor and will have just 30 guests due to coronavirus restrictions.
Under the plans, the duke’s coffin will be carried to the chapel on a specially modified Land Rover, which he helped to design.
The Prince of Wales and other royals will take part in the procession on foot.
With the royals still mourning the duke’s death, a previously unseen photo of Philip and the Queen with seven of their great-grandchildren was also released yesterday.
The 2018 picture by the Duchess of Cambridge shows the Queen cradling Prince Louis, and the duke next to Princess Charlotte.
The Twitter account of the Prince Of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall also posted two pictures – one a black and white image of Philip and a young Charles on horseback playing polo.
Meanwhile, Princess Eugenie, the Queen’s granddaughter, paid tribute to her “dearest Grandpa” and promised to look after “Granny”.
“I remember incinerating the sausages and you swooping in to save the day,” she wrote in her Instagram post.
“I remember your hands and your laugh and your favourite beer. I will remember you in your children, your grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
“Thank you for your dedication and love for us all and especially Granny, who we will look after for you.”