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Prince Harry and Prince Andrew arrive at Queen's funeral wearing morning suits

Emily Brown

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Prince Harry and Prince Andrew arrive at Queen's funeral wearing morning suits

Prince Harry and Prince Andrew have both arrived for the Queen's funeral at Westminster Abbey wearing morning suits.

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Prince Harry and Prince Andrew wore the suits instead of military uniforms as they arrived for the funeral today (19 September) and joined the procession moving the Queen’s coffin to the Abbey following the lying in state period at Westminster Hall.

Prince Harry withdrew from his role as a working Royal when he moved to the United States following his wedding to Meghan Markle, and therefore was not allowed to wear his military uniform for the state funeral.

A spokesperson confirmed his dress ahead of the event, saying: "[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."

Prince Andrew was stripped of his royal duties and military titles following his controversial relationship with convicted sex abuser Jeffrey Epstein, and wore his morning suit despite earlier reports that he would be allowed to wear his military uniform as a 'mark of respect' for his mother, Queen Elizabeth.

The Queen's funeral is being held at Westminster Abbey. Credit:  Jack Sullivan / Alamy Stock Photo
The Queen's funeral is being held at Westminster Abbey. Credit: Jack Sullivan / Alamy Stock Photo

It comes after both Prince Harry and Prince Andrew wore morning suits during the procession of the Queen's coffin from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall last week.

The pair joined King Charles III, Princess Anne, Prince Edward and Prince William to walk with the coffin, which is dressed in the Royal Standard flag with the Imperial State Crown positioned on top of it. Camilla, the Queen Consort, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, and Sarah, Duchess of York, also joined the procession.

In a tradition dating back to the funeral of Queen Victoria in 1901, the Queen's coffin was carried on a carriage towed by 142 sailors from the Royal Navy.

As well as the royal family, the funeral is being attended by hundreds of dignitaries from across the globe, including all of the Queen's former prime ministers, US President Joe Biden and French President Macron.

Following the service at the Abbey, a second procession will take the Queen's coffin through London and to Windsor Castle, where she is set to be buried int St George’s Chapel alongside her father, King George VI, the Queen Mother and her sister, Princess Margaret. Queen Elizabeth II's husband, Prince Philip is also set to be moved to the chapel to be buried alongside his wife.

Featured Image Credit: Sky News

Topics: Prince Harry, UK News, The Queen

Emily Brown
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