Prince Harry Had to Get Special Permission From the Queen to Wear This on His Royal Wedding Day
Meghan Markle’s stunning Givenchy wedding dress and veil might have been the star of the royal wedding, but Prince Harry’s ensemble was just as memorable. In fact, he gave his royal wedding look a lot of thought and even needed the queen’s permission to wear it.
We share the details on Harry’s royal wedding uniform, plus the surprising reason he needed the queen’s permission (page 8), ahead.
1. Many thought he would wear his British Army uniform
Many speculated that Harry would wear the same uniform he wore to William and Kate’s wedding. The uniform is specific to the cavalry regiment of the British Army and features a black jacket with a golden sash and details.
In addition to the British Army uniform, it was also speculated that he would wear his Captain General Royal Marines ensemble, as he had (at the time of his wedding) recently taken over his grandfather’s position.
Next: An inconvenience
2. Some speculated he’d avoid military uniform
Royal expert Alastair Bruce speculated that it was unlikely Harry would be in uniform. “As Prince Harry is no longer a serving officer in the Armed Forces, it is unlikely he will wear a uniform,” said Bruce. He went on to say, “Looking at the way Harry is, I don’t think he’d want all his friends to be put through all that panoply, and once you have a groom wearing full military uniform, you’re going to have a lot of other people wear full military uniform. It kind of changes the day.”
He might be a royal expert, but it turns out he was wrong this time around. Looks like Harry wasn’t too worried about the inconvenience.
Next: What he actually wore
3. He wore the Blues and Royals frockcoat uniform
Harry surprised many when he stepped out in his Blues and Royals frockcoat uniform. The regal-looking uniform features a black jacket with ruffle-like detailing on the chest and intricate embroidery on the sleeves. The all-black look also features royal red stripes down the side of his trousers and is decorated with various military badges.
Next: How he accessorized
4. The accessories
The Blues and Royals frockcoat uniform is a single-breasted ensemble made out of blue doeskin. It features a white buckskin belt with matching sword slings (though, Harry did not carry a sword to his wedding) and comes with a matching hat.
Harry wore the hat on his way to the wedding but took it off before heading inside the chapel. He put it back on after his first kiss with Meghan on the steps of St. George’s Chapel.
Next: The one difference between Harry and William’s outfits.
5. Harry and William matched
Like most grooms and best men, Harry and William wore matching outfits on Harry’s big day. The one big difference? William’s uniform featured an aiguillette (aka, golden braids) over his right shoulder. This detail was in honor of William’s efforts as an Aide-de-Camp to the queen in 2013. His uniform also featured the Garter Star.
To ensure everything was cohesive, Harry’s groomsmen also wore mock Blues and Royals frockcoat uniforms.
Next: Why he chose to wear the Blues and Royal frockcoat.
6. He wore it in honor of his military family
One reason Harry probably wanted to wear his Blues and Royals uniform was his close ties to the military. Harry was trained at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and served in Afghanistan in the Army Air Corps before being named Captain in the Household Cavalry Blues and Royals.
The military is very close to Harry’s heart and it is believed that he wore his Blues and Royals uniform to honor the family he made while serving.
Next: The Queen’s approval
7. He had to get special permission from the queen
In order to wear his dashing Blues and Royals frockcoat uniform, Harry had to get special permission from the queen. The queen, of course, said yes — she loves bending royal family rules for Harry and Meghan! — and Harry got to say “I do” in the regal ensemble.
Next: This is probably why he needed her permission.
8. He didn’t shave
Many speculate that Harry probably needed special permission to wear his Blues and Royals frockcoat uniform because of his beard. It is against military rules (and royal family rules) to have facial hair when in uniform.
While William followed suit with a clean shave, Harry stepped out in all of his scruffy glory like it was no big deal.
Next: His second look
9. He changed into a tux for the reception
Like Meghan, Harry changed into something a little less traditional for the couple’s evening reception. His evening look was a dapper, James Bond-worthy tux that featured a velvet jacket and bow tie.
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Additional reporting by John Wolfe