Prince William, Prince Andrew and Prince Harry, wear morning suits instead of military uniforms during the funeral of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle on April 17, 2021 in Windsor, England.
The Queen “put her foot down” at Prince Andrew’s desire to appear at his father’s funeral in an admiral’s uniform.
The monarch decreed that none of the royal guests would be in military dress after her middle son caused a stir by ordering his tailor to prepare his uniform for a rank he technically never attained, the Daily Mail reported.
The Duke of York, who served in the Navy and fought in the Falklands War, left the service as a commander in 2005. Under a Navy policy, he received a promotion every five years meaning he was promoted to honorary captain in 2005, rear admiral in 2010 and vice admiral in 2015.
He was supposed to be promoted to admiral last year on his 60th birthday, but that was deferred until he returns to his frontline royal duties.
Andrew has been taking a back seat in the past year since a disastrous TV interview about his relationship with accused pedophile and sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein. His appearance at the funeral and a public tribute he made to his father last week are the most visible he’s been in more than a year.
Prince Andrew on Saturday walked behind Philip’s Land Rover hearse in a black morning suit, as did his brother, Prince Charles, and nephews, Prince William and Prince Harry.
The Queens’ decree was also seen as sparing Harry embarrassment after he stepped away from his royal duties last year and gave up all of his ceremonial ranks.