Harry to dress in mil­i­tary ‘clob­ber’

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS -

PRINCE Harry will wear mil­i­tary uni­form next Satur­day, ac­cord­ing to royal ex­perts who say there is al­most zero chance of the prince turn­ing up in a top hat and tails.

While most eyes will be on Meghan Markle’s dress, royal ex­perts have also turned their minds to what Harry will wear, with the uni­form of the Royal Marines tipped as the favourite.

Harry was ap­pointed Cap­tain Gen­eral of the Royal Marines in De­cem­ber last year by the Queen. The po­si­tion had pre­vi­ously been held by Harry’s grand­fa­ther Prince Philip.

Royal ex­pert Vic­to­ria Howard said she would be shocked if Prince Harry didn’t wear a mil­i­tary uni­form, given he served with the Bri­tish Armed Forces for 10 years. She said Harry would be choos­ing be­tween the Royal Marines uni­form or the uni­form known as the Blues and Roy­als Dis­mounted Re­view Or­der, which he wore when he was Prince Wil­liam’s best man in 2011.

The Blues and Roy­als is the reg­i­ment Harry served in and their per­son­nel will be among the 250 soldiers per­form­ing cer­e­mo­nial roles at the wed­ding.

The uni­form is a dark navy colour fea­tur­ing red and gold trim­mings. The Cap­tain Gen­eral Royal Marines uni­form is sim­i­lar and also fea­tures an aigu­il­lette — a braided gold cord that runs across the chest.

Ms Howard said that uni­form would be pos­si­bly a more sig­nif­i­cant choice as his po­si­tion with them was his first big role as a royal within the Armed Forces, as opposed to an of­fi­cer.

Harry is very proud of his Armed Forces his­tory. It’s a sig­nif­i­cant part of his iden­tity and he con­sid­ers him­self more of a sol­dier than a royal.

One of the few com­men­ta­tors who be­lieved Harry will be in a tra­di­tional Bri­tish morn­ing suit is his­tor­i­cal ad­viser Alas­tair Bruce. Mr Bruce, a royal her­ald at the Col­lege of Arms, has ar­gued that Harry will want his wed­ding to be less for­mal and will there­fore avoid the mil­i­tary pomp.

He told UK news­pa­per The Tele­graph he would buy a marzi­pan hat and take of pic­ture of him­self eat­ing it if Harry turned out in mil­i­tary “clob­ber”.

's Prince Harry salutes in Syd­ney in 2013.

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