Prince Harry’s lack of military uniform at Queen’s funeral and what medals mean

King Charles and Prince William were seen processing behind the Queen’s coffin on its way to Westminster Hall dressed in their military uniform.

But Prince Harry, Charles III’s youngest son, was not in uniform but instead dressed in a smart black morning suit.

The 37-year old did, however, have his medals pinned to his lapel for the walk between Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament.

The family joined the Queen’s coffin for what was her final departure from her famous London home.

She will now lie in state in the medieval hall on the parliamentary estate for four days before her funeral on Monday (September 19).

It has been decided that not all the royals will be allowed to wear military uniform at the state funeral, with Harry one of those who will dress in civilian attire.

Why isn’t Prince Harry wearing his military uniform at the Queen's funeral?

Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, was not wearing his military uniform for the procession to the lying in state on Wednesday — and he will not do so for his grandmother’s state funeral either.

The fifth-in-line for the throne served in the Army for 10 years, rising to the rank of captain.

He saw action on the front line during two tours of duty in Afghanistan.

However, Harry was stripped of his honorary military roles, including Captain General of the Royal Marines, by the Queen after he and wife Meghan Markle decided to exit their roles as active royals and move to the US.

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The duke's spokesman, in a statement this week, 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."

What medals does Prince Harry have?

Prince Harry was well-decorated following his time serving the country in the armed service.

In 2002 Harry was awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, which was given to everyone who was in active service on February 6 2002 and had been in the forces for five years.

In 2008 the Duke received an Operational Service medal to mark his service on the frontline in Afghanistan.

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In 2012 Harry got the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal, which marked the monarch's 60th year on the throne and was awarded to all those in the armed forces, emergency services, prison services and members of the royal household.

He has also been spotted wearing the new Platinum Jubilee medal, created this year to commemorate the late Queen’s 70-year reign.

Harry has been known to wear the KCVO Neck Order and Star, which is awarded for personal service to the monarchy.

In 2015 the prince was knighted by his grandmother for his service to her and was made a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (KCVO).


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