Prince Harry ‘given special permission’ to wear military uniform for Queen’s vigil

Prince Harry has reportedly been given special permission to sport his military uniform for Her late Majesty’s vigil.

The 37 year old was banned from wearing his military attire during the procession which saw the Queen’s coffin escorted from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall on Wednesday 14 September.

Now, the Mirror has reported that the Prince will wear his military uniform on Saturday 17 September in a special tribute to the late sovereign.

It appears the Duke of Sussex will don his military colours for a lying-in-state vigil staged by the Queen's grandchildren at Westminster Hall. Harry and Prince William will stand in silence for a 15-minute vigil alongside Her Majesty’s coffin on Friday evening.

Harry was stripped of his military duties and banned from wearing his military uniforms in public after quitting his royal role in 2020.

The publication also shared how Palace officials intervened, having learnt the disgraced Prince Andrew was also given permission to wear his uniform despite being banned.

He too will join his siblings King Charles III, Princess Anne and Prince Edward on Friday.

A royal source said: “Common sense has prevailed.

“It was a ludicrous situation given the Duke of Sussex has served his country and is a highly respected member of the armed forces with everything he has done for veterans.

"It is important that the Queen's grandchildren are all made to feel welcome and comfortable as they grieve their beloved grandmother together."

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On Tuesday, Prince Harry addressed the rule barring him from wearing his military uniform in and asked that the “focus remain on the life and legacy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II”

A spokesperson for the Duke said: “Prince Harry will wear a morning suit throughout events honouring his grandmother.

“His decade of military service is not determined by the uniform he wears and we respectfully ask that focus remain on the life and legacy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.”

A royal source also told the Mirror: “This is purely as a mark of respect for the Duke’s late grandmother, who wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.

“Her Majesty always stood for harmony and unity and this is a just decision.”

On Wednesday, the Duke of Sussex looked sombre as he wore a morning suit, while other members of the Royal Family – apart from Prince Andrew – wore military uniforms.

Queen Elizabeth II's casket was wheeled along The Mall on a gun carriage as the procession made its way to Westminster Hall, London.

A crown was placed on a purple cushion on top of the coffin which glistened in the afternoon sunshine.

The crown was positioned in front of a wreath made up of white roses, spray white roses, white dahlias and a selection of foliage, including pine.

Behind the coffin, King Charles, the Princess Royal, the Duke of York and the Earl of Wessex followed on foot. And behind them came the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Sussex.


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