It was already 11 years ago. On April 29, 2011 in London, Prince William and Kate Middleton said yes in the majestic Westminster Abbey. A princely wedding that looks like a fairy tale, which however did not happen without a few hiccups. During an interview granted after his union with the Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William revealed that he had a disagreement with a very special guest: his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II. Indeed, for the ceremony, the son of Prince Charles and Lady Diana hoped to wear the costume of his choice. It was without counting on the opinion of the Queen…
“What I really wanted to wear was the Irish Guards frock coat,” he said. And to joke: “We discussed it a couple of times, but as I learned growing up, you don’t oppose your grandmother.” At the time, Prince William had just been appointed Colonel of the Irish Guards, one of the elite regiments of the British Royal Guards Division, the Guards Division. Queen Elizabeth II therefore felt that her grandson should honor this new title by wearing the red tunic, rather than the black frock coat. It is therefore in red that William went to the altar.
Prince William’s Little Revenge
Never mind, the Duke of Cambridge was finally able to wear a frock coat to another major royal event: the wedding of his little brother, Prince Harry, and Meghan Markle. On May 19, 2018, at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor, the husband of Kate Middleton appeared in a frock coat of the Blues and Royals, the cavalry regiment of the British army. Prince Harry himself wore this costume, having, like his brother, joined the regiment in 2006 as a cornet.
Prince William and Kate Middleton © Royalportraits Europe