King Charles III declared a period of royal mourning for his late mother, Queen Elizabeth II, following her death last Thursday, and during said period, members of the royal family must follow a strict dress code out of respect for the longtime monarch.
The mourning period will last until one week after the Queen’s funeral, which is set to take place at 11 a.m. UK time on Monday, September 19, at Westminster Abbey.
During the weeks of mourning, various events honoring Queen Elizabeth will be held: the service of thanksgiving at St. Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh, the procession to Westminster Hall and service of prayer and reflection, the vigil at Westminster Hall, the state funeral service at Westminster Abbey, and the committal service at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor.
To those ceremonies, all working members of the royal family must wear military uniforms. As a non-working royal, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, will not wear a uniform except as a special mark of respect for the Queen at the final vigil.
Meanwhile, a source confirms to Bazaar.com that, unlike the exception made for Andrew, Prince Harry has not been granted permission to wear the uniform for any ceremonial events. This comes as a blow to the Duke of Sussex, given the fact that he served for 10 years in the British Army and only this morning referred to the Queen as his commander in chief in his touching tribute to her.
As is custom for funerals and mourning ceremonies, other attendees will likely wear black.
This weekend, Prince Harry, Duchess Meghan, and the Prince and Princess of Wales greeted mourners outside Windsor Castle and praised their beautiful floral arrangements and loving tributes to the late queen. For the surprise joint appearance, Harry and William wore matching navy suits and ties with white dress shirts, while Meghan and Kate wore elegant black midi dresses, heels, and stockings.
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