The invitations for the royal wedding specified the dress code as “Uniform, Morning Coat or Lounge Suit, or Day Dress with Hat,” but as Harry's most senior military appointment is as Captain General of the Royal Marines – the ceremonial head of the Royal Marines - there may be no doubt that his chosen attire on the 19th May when he marries Ms Meghan Markle, will reflect this.
Prince Harry took over the role as Captain from his grandfather the Duke of Edinburgh following Philip’s retirement last year.
His Royal Marines uniform – the equivalent of a Field Marshal’s – could follow that of Philip’s when he carried out engagements as Captain General of the Royal Marines.
Harry will also wear his Army Air Corps wings above his Golden and Diamond Jubilee medals, and his Afghanistan Campaign medal.
For William and Kate’s wedding, the prince, then a newly promoted captain in the Blues and Royals, wore a regal navy tunic, with gold wire shoulder chords, ornamental gold braiding and red and gold cuffs, but no sword. It was the Blues and Royals’ officer’s uniform in dismounted review order, with a forage cap.
The Queen, who is head of the Armed Forces, will, however, have the final say in what he wears. Harry’s brother William for instance, was told in no uncertain terms by his grandmother that he had to wear a red Guards’ uniform on his wedding day because of his honorary title as Royal Colonel of the Irish Guards, rather than his RAF uniform.
Harry will not wear a blue sash across his uniform like William did because he is not yet a member of the Order of the Garter. The prince also has two additional honorary RAF and Navy uniforms, because he was appointed Honorary Air Commandant of RAF Honington and Commodore-in-Chief of Small Ships and Diving. Whilst Prince Harry has also been seen in a white tunic – it should be noted that this was his Blues and Royals’ Tropical Weather Dress uniform.
The marriage ceremony will be enhanced by the spectacle of Household Cavalry troopers in their gleaming breastplates and plumed helmets lining the staircase at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, on the 19th May.
Streets within the precincts of the castle will be lined by members of the Windsor Castle Guard from 1st Battalion Irish Guards, and by Armed Forces personnel from the Royal Navy Small Ships and Diving, Royal Marines, 3 Regiment Army Air Corps, The Royal Gurkha Rifles and RAF Honington. Musical support to the street liners will be provided by the Band of the Irish Guards.
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