Britain's Queen Elizabeth (right) and Prince Philip attend a ceremony at Buckingham Palace. File photo
Prince Philip died aged 99 last week and his funeral will be held at Windsor Castle on Saturday. Traditionally on such formal occasions, members of the royal family wear military uniforms, often reflecting honorary titles they hold.
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However, according to British newspapers, there have been debates behind the scenes over what the queen's son Andrew and grandson Harry should wear.
Harry, 36, the Duke of Sussex, quit all his royal duties and lost all his military patronages in January after moving to Los Angeles with wife Meghan and son Archie, but wanted to wear the dress uniform he wore for his wedding day.
Prince Philip died aged 99 last week and his funeral will be held at Windsor Castle on Saturday.
Andrew, 61, the Duke of York, stepped away from official engagements because of his "ill-judged” association with the late disgraced US financier Jeffrey Epstein.
Papers reported that he wished to attend the funeral in the uniform of admiral, an honorary rank he was awarded to mark his 60th birthday but he deferred until his return to public life.
Compounding the issue was the fact that the two royals are the only ones to have seen active service – Harry in Afghanistan and Andrew in the 1982 Falkland Islands conflict.
Buckingham Palace has declined to comment on the reports but according to the Daily Mail, the 94-year-old queen had now decided all royals should wear mourning suits to avoid any embarrassment.
Queen Elizabeth II's coffin arrived at Westminster Abbey on Monday for a grand state funeral attended by 2,000 guests including leaders from around the world.
Both royals have received their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine and the Duke’s illness is not related to COVID. A royal source has said it was expected he would remain in hospital into this week and Philip was in good spirits.
Harry, whose explosive interview alongside his wife Meghan plunged the royal family into its biggest crisis in decades, will quarantine in accordance with coronavirus guidelines so that he can attend the ceremonial funeral at Windsor Castle.
The Queen, 94, seen for the first time since his death, was dressed in mourning black, with a white-trimmed, black face mask. Close family, also masked, sat socially distanced in the historic 15th-century Gothic chapel.
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