Prince Andrew ‘should be banned’ from wearing military uniform to vigil


The Duke of York and Duke of Sussex have been given special exceptions to wear their military uniform at final vigils for the Queen.

The Duke of York has been granted permission to wear his uniform at his late mother’s final vigil on Friday, as a “special mark of respect”.

As a non-working royal Andrew is banned from wearing military attire on ceremonial occasions.

He was seen at events earlier this week in a suit while his siblings – King Charles III, Princess Anne and Prince Edward – all wore military uniforms.

Andrew was banned from wearing military attire at the St Giles’ Cathedral service in Edinburgh on Monday and the Queen’s coffin procession to Westminster Hall on Wednesday.

He will wear a morning suit to the Queen’s state funeral at Westminster Abbey on Monday, September 19 and the committal service in Windsor.Prince Andrew in uniform and during procession

Prince Andrew will wear military uniform his military uniform at the Queen’s final vigil (Image: Tim Graham/Getty and Getty)

On Friday evening the Queen’s children will all dress in military attire to conduct a 15-minute vigil around her coffin.

Prince Harry was told as a non-working royal he was banned from wearing his uniform, but has since been granted permission by the King to wear military dress at Saturday evening’s vigil for the Queen’s grandchildren.

In a poll that ran from 11am on Wednesday, September 14, to 11am on Friday, September, 16, asked readers: “Should Andrew be banned from wearing his military uniform like Harry?”

A total of 11,980 readers responded with the vast majority, 70 percent (8,409 people) answering “yes”, Andrew should be banned from wearing his military uniform.

Meanwhile, 29 percent (3,485 people) said “no” he should not, and a further one percent (83 people)  said they did not know either way.

Queen's children walk behind the coffin

Andrew is banned from wearing military attire on ceremonial occasions (Image: Getty)

Username Grammavikki22 said: “Yes Harry and Andrew should be banned from wearing military uniforms due to they have both disgraced the Royal Family.”

Another, username Leytonman, said: “If Harry is banned from wearing his military uniform then so should Andrew.”

And username Saralzh said: “I don’t agree that Andrew be allowed to wear the uniform and Harry isn’t. Neither should be wearing them.

“The Queen was very wise to say that no uniforms should be worn at the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral and I actually think it would have been better if she had said the same for her own funeral.”

Prince Harry

Prince Harry been granted permission by the King to wear military dress at Saturday evening’s vigil (Image: Getty)

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Queen Elizabeth II died aged 96, with tributes pouring in for the monarch from across the globe.

As King Charles III steps up, the Queen’s funeral plans will be well underway including a period of mourning, her coffin laying in rest and a final procession for her funeral.

Meanwhile, some readers argued that Andrew’s service in the Falklands War and rank had earned him the right to wear his uniform.

Username TootSweet said: “Andrew is wearing uniform for the vigil only; he retired from the Royal Navy as [a Vice Admiral] and as such is fully entitled to wear his uniform. Harry did not reach field rank and resigned, he is not entitled to wear uniform.”

And username Warloc said: “Andrew served in the Royal Navy during the Falklands War and has retained his rank as a Vice Admiral. The key is he retained the rank. That means he can wear the uniform.

“Harry however was stripped of all military titles so he is a veteran and can wear his medals in civilian attire.”

Andrew was stripped of his honorary titles, military titles, HRH status and royal patronages at the start of this year but retained his military rank.

Other readers commented that the Queen’s wishes should be upheld regarding military uniform.

Username suzi23 said: “If it is the Queen’s wish that Andrew wears the uniform, then I’m with her.”

Username CommentOfTheDay said: “Whatever the Queen wanted to happen should happen.”

Yet username 3downnotout said: “Wearing a suit does not make Andrew any less of a son, father and grandfather.”


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