Royal Family’s dress code for Queen’s funeral – from military uniforms to veils

The UK is now in a period of national mourning following the death of Her Majesty The Queen on September 8, 2022.

According to a statement from Buckingham Palace, the Queen died peacefully at Balmoral Castle in Scotland.

The Queen's coffin was brought down to London from Edinburgh on September 13.

According to the detailed Operation London Bridge plan, she has been transported from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall in the capital, where her coffin will lie in state for four days, starting today (September 14) and concluding on the day of her funeral (September 19).

Funeral preparations are now in full swing ahead of September 19, with conversations circulating on what the royal family will wear during their final goodbye to the Queen.

Here's everything you need to know about Royal uniforms.

What will the royal family wear to the Queen's funeral?

The traditional dress during the national mourning period, and all the events that come with it, is a military uniform for working members of the royal family.

These mourning period events include the Service of Thanksgiving at St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh, the procession to Westminster Hall, the vigil at Westminster Hall, the state funeral service at Westminster Abbey, and the committal service at St George’s Chapel in Windsor.

Other attendees will wear black to the funeral as a mark of respect for the late monarch, with royal women likely to wear black veils on the day.

Black is the traditional colour to wear for a funeral and the funeral fashion was popularised by Queen Victoria who wore black for 40 years as a mark of respect to her husband Prince Albert, who died in 1861.

The Royal Family traditionally wear the colour black for the entire period of mourning, which King Charles III announced will extend to a week after the Queen’s funeral.

A statement from Buckingham Palace read: “It is His Majesty The King’s wish that a period of Royal Mourning be observed from now until seven days after The Queen’s Funeral.

“Royal Mourning will be observed by Members of the Royal Family, Royal Household staff and Representatives of the Royal Household on official duties, together with troops committed to Ceremonial Duties.”

What will Prince Harry and Prince Andrew wear to the Queen's funeral?

Earlier this week, it was confirmed that Prince Harry would not be wearing a military uniform to the Queen's funeral as he is no longer a working member of the royal family.

However, it has been reported that Prince Andrew will be allowed to wear a military uniform, despite the fact he is also no longer a working member of the firm.

The prince has reportedly been given permission to wear military uniform at the funeral as a sign of unity between his siblings who are still working members of the royal family.

Why is Prince Harry not allowed to wear military uniform but Prince Andrew is?

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle stepped down as senior working members of the Royal Family in 2020 when they moved their family to the US.

The Queen's second eldest son, Prince Andrew, was stripped of his military titles and royal patronages in January 2022 following the accusations of sexual assault by Virginia Giuffre, who was a victim of Jeffrey Epstein’s sex trafficking ring.

The Duke of York has continuously denied these accusations and the case was settled out of court.

Prince Andrew resigned from many of his public duties in May 2020.

However, it has been reported that the Duke of York, who served in the Navy for two decades, has been given an exception to wear his military uniform on the day of the Queen’s funeral while Harry, who served in the military for 10 years, was not.

A statement released by Prince Harry’s spokesperson on September 13 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.”

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