In the course of the solemn occasion, which came about on Wednesday, September 14, Harry, 37, and Andrew, 62, additionally wore morning fits as a substitute of their army uniforms. King Charles III, Princess Anne, Prince Edward and Prince William had been all of their army apparel because the procession traveled from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall — they usually saluted the nationwide memorial.
Harry and Andrew, for his or her components, had been solely allowed to bow their heads through the symbolic gesture. This resolution comes after it was reported that the duo would not be wearing military uniforms because they are no longer working members of the royal household.
Buckingham Palace beforehand confirmed that the Duke of York would be allowed to arrive in his uniform for one event “as a particular mark of respect” to the late monarch. (Elizabeth died at age 96 on Thursday, September 8, following mobility issues.)
Andrew, who served greater than 20 years within the Royal Navy, was accused of sexual assault by Virginia Roberts Giuffre in November 2019. The lawsuit was settled out of court earlier this year, however Andrew was stripped of his military titles, including Colonel of the Grenadier Guards and stopped taking part in senior royal duties.
The Duke of Sussex, for his half, stepped down from his senior duties alongside his spouse, Meghan Markle, in 2020. The couple, who share 3-year-old son Archie and 15-month-old daughter Lili, moved to California after making their decision permanent. On the time, Harry misplaced his three honorary army titles after serving within the armed forces for 10 years.
Forward of the procession, a spokesperson Harry addressed the uniform rules in a statement. “[Prince Harry] will put on a morning swimsuit all through occasions honoring his grandmother. His decade of army service isn’t decided by the uniform he wears and we respectfully ask that focus stay on the life and legacy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II,” the assertion learn on Tuesday, September 13.
A supply completely instructed Us Weekly that Harry had “come to terms” with not wearing his uniform, including, “While that’s disappointing in some senses, he’s simply grateful to be current and honoring the queen. On the finish of the day, it’s solely a uniform.”
Scroll down for pictures of Harry and Andrew from the procession: