Prince Philip’s funeral: this big decision taken by Queen Elizabeth II to ease tensions

Elizabeth II puts everyone in agreement. According to information revealed by the Daily Mail, Buckingham Palace and the Queen of England herself have taken the decision to ban military uniforms from the funeral of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, scheduled for April 17 at the chapel. Saint-Georges of Windsor. Although it is traditional for members of the royal family to don their honors at royal funeral ceremonies, Elizabeth II is said to have chosen to present a united front by requiring all members of the royal family to wear only simple costumes.

The issue was raised days after Prince Philip’s death on April 9 when Prince Andrew asked the institution if he could appear at his father’s funeral in his Royal Navy admiral’s uniform. The problem is, the Duke of York renounced his royal engagements in May 2020, following his involvement in the Epstein scandal at the end of 2019. According to protocol, the Duke of Edinburgh’s son does not will therefore not be able to wear his military uniform. The same goes for Prince Harry, who relinquished all of his military titles by officially retiring from active members of the Royal Family, in February 2021. Formerly Captain General of the Royal Marines, Air Commander of the Royal Air Strength of Honington and Chief Commodore of small ships and scuba diving, the Duke of Sussex will not be able to claim to wear his distinctions at the funeral of his grandfather either.

Charles, William, Edward and Anne deprived of their military uniforms

Princes Charles, William and Edward and Princess Anne, on the other hand, should have appeared in their military uniforms. But in order to save the royal family from another scandal, Queen Elizabeth II has chosen to put everyone on an equal footing. “There was a risk of real embarrassment,” a source told the Daily Mail. Thus, all of Prince Philip’s children and grandchildren will attend the latter’s funeral in simple conventional costumes. A compromise far from trivial, since it breaks purely and simply with the tradition, to which Queen Elizabeth II has always been very attached. As a reminder, the funeral of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, will be held on April 17 from 3 p.m. at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor.

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