Prince Andrew Granted Exception to Wear Military Uniform for Queen Elizabeth II’s Final Vigil, Prince Harry Not Allowed


All eyes continue to be on the British royal family following Queen Elizabeth II’s death — and new dress code details are raising eyebrows.

Buckingham Palace confirmed to several outlets on Monday, September 12, that Prince Andrew, who served 22 years in the Royal Navy, was granted permission to wear his military uniform for his late mother’s final vigil “as a special mark of respect.” (The palace has yet to confirm who will attend the vigil and when it will be held.)

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The Duke of York, 62, has not been a working senior member of the royal family since January when he was stripped of his military titles and royal patronages following his alleged ties to Jeffrey Epstein and sexual assault claims by Virginia Roberts Giuffre. (Andrew settled a lawsuit out of court in February, more than two years after the initial allegations.)

Prince Harry, for his part, chose to relinquish his senior role when he and Meghan Markle moved to the United States in 2020. After serving for ten years, the Duke of Sussex forfeited his three honorary military titles. According to reports, the 37-year-old prince was not permitted to wear his uniform to any of the burial events.

Prince Andrew Granted Exception to Wear Military Uniform for Queen Elizabeth II’s Final Vigil

Source: Telegraph

On Monday, King Charles III, Princess Anne, Prince Edward, and Andrew were the only ones not in uniform as their mother’s coffin made its journey to St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Andrew and Harry are expected to wear dark mourning suits for the remainder of the funeral events, while the working members of the family, including Prince William, will be dressed in military uniform for the procession to Westminster Hall, the State Funeral service at Westminster Abbey, and the committal service at St George’s Chapel in Windsor, England.

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When Prince Philip died in April 2021, the palace declared that no senior members of the family would wear their military uniforms for the low-key funeral in accordance with COVID-19 standards. Meghan, 41, who was pregnant with Lilibet at the time, did not attend the event. (The couple also has a 3-year-old son named Archie.)

Harry, who was spotted with William, Princess Kate, and Meghan at Windsor on Saturday, September 10, to greet well-wishers grieving the queen, issued a statement one day later, referring to the monarch as his grandmother and “Commander-in-Chief.”

Prince Andrew Granted Exception to Wear Military Uniform for Queen Elizabeth II’s Final Vigil

Source: Yahoo

“In commemorating and grieving the life of my grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen, we are all reminded of the guiding compass she was to so many in her commitment to service and duty.” She was admired and revered all around the world. Her constant grace and decency were true throughout her life and are now her enduring legacy. Let us repeat what she said when her husband, Prince Philip, died, words that can provide comfort to all of us now: “Life, of course, comprises of final partings as well as first meets,” he added. “Granny, while this ultimate parting is heartbreaking for us, I will be eternally grateful for all of our first meetings, from my earliest childhood recollections with you to meeting you as my Commander-in-Chief for the first time, to the first time you met my wonderful wife and hugged your cherished great-grandchildren.”

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“I love these days spent with you, as well as the many other great moments in between,” he continued. You are already deeply missed, not only by us but by everyone on the planet. And when it comes to initial meetings, we now recognize my father as King Charles III.”

Via: USmagazine

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