Following the death of the Queen on September 8, the royal family has much protocol to follow.
Her Majesty, who passed away at Balmoral Castle in Scotland at the age of 96, will be laid to rest on Monday 19 September and in the days leading up to – and on the actual day – there are rules that the royal family must follow surrounding dresscodes.
In particular Her Majesty’s son Prince Andrew is notably not in uniform during the memorials .
Working members of the royal family will wear military uniform when present at five ceremonial events during this period of mourning the Queen.
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These are the Service of Thanksgiving at St Giles’ Cathedral, Edinburgh, the procession to Westminster Hall and service of prayer and reflection, the Vigil at Westminster Hall, the state funeral at Westminster Abbey and the Committal Service at St George’s Chapel Windsor.
But as a non-working member of the royal family, the Duke of York – who was stripped of his military titles last year – did not wear uniform except as a special mark of respect for the Queen at the final vigil in Westminster Hall, sources said.
The Duke of York wore a morning suit, as he did for Prince Philip’s funeral, when his mother is laid to rest.
The same rules are likely to apply for Prince Harry – who quit royal duties back in 2020 – although this has not yet been confirmed.
The Duke of Sussex, who is a committed military veteran, is no longer considered a working royal. He does, however, continue to support the Armed Forces and maintains respect from veterans around the world.
When the Queen is laid to rest at Westminster Hall next Monday, Prince Harry and his brother William may walk side-by-side behind her coffin, The Sun reports.
Doing so would mark a show of unity between the brothers, whose relationship has been the source of much scrutiny over recent years.
On Saturday the brothers, along with their wives, met crowds and viewed tributes left by the public at Windsor Castle.
It was the first time the two couples have been seen together since the Commonwealth Day service in early 2020, which was the Sussexes final engagement after quitting the royal family.
In the days since, it has been reported that the Prince of Wales was not acting on orders of King Charles in setting up the surprise reunion with his estranged brother and sister-in-law, but instead made the decision to reach out himself.
William and Kate were due to meet well-wishers and look at the floral tributes on Saturday afternoon, when William sent a text offering Meghan and Harry a last-minute invitation to join them, a source told the Daily Mail.
A source told the paper: “It happened very quickly – remarkable really considering they didn’t see each other in Scotland.”
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