Prince Philip memorial to replicate ‘understated’ style without military uniforms

Prince Philip memorial to replicate ‘understated’ style without military uniforms

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PRINCE PHILIP’S thanksgiving ceremony on Tuesday will be “understated and modest” to reflect the Duke’s character as the Royal Family will not wear military uniforms, reports claim.

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The service marks nearly a year since the death of the 99-year-old Duke of Edinburgh in April 2021 and will be held at Westminster Abbey to honour the extraordinary life and work of the royal. Members of the Royal Family will exchange their military uniforms for a dress code of “lounge suits and day dresses”, it has been revealed.

A source stated that the dress code for the ceremony is “understated and modest” to reflect the style and character of the Duke.

The funeral in April also saw the Royal Family giving up their military uniforms in exchange for morning suits accessorised with military medals.

The memorial service will be attended by the most senior members of the Royal Family including the four children of the Duke of Edinburgh and the Queen – Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward. 

It will be the first public appearance from Prince Andrew since the settlement of the civil sexual assault case with Virginia Giuffre in the United States.

Prince Philip

Prince Philip’s thanksgiving service will be ‘understated’ (Image: Getty)

Prince Philip coffin

Prince Philip’s funeral was also without military uniforms (Image: Getty)

It is hoped that the Queen will be able to attend the service at the Abbey where she married Prince Philip after fears her ailing mobility would prevent her from attending. 

A last-minute decision will be made by Buckingham Palace on the day over her attendance. 

Other royal guests include the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Beatrice, Zara Tindall, Peter Phillips, and Lady Louise Windsor.

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The late-duke’s children will all be in attendance (Image: Getty)

The Queen

It is hoped that the Queen will be able to attend the service (Image: Getty)

Prince Harry announced he would regretfully not be attending the service over security fears for himself and his family after the Home Office denied his offer of paying for his own security team. 

The service will feature “readings and music close to the Duke’s heart” from The Band of the Royal Marines and the Chapel Royal Choirs, according to the BBC. 

The Band of the Royal Marines will honour the position Prince Philip held as Captain General of the Royal Marines for over sixty years.

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The Queen and Prince Philip

The Queen and Prince Philip got married at Westminster Abbey (Image: Getty)

The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Portsmouth will represent the Armed Forces at the ceremony and young members of the UK Cadet Force Associations will line the route into the Abbey.

The BBC revealed that the service “will hear the Dean of Westminster, David Hoyle, offering prayers for a man of rare ability and distinction who put privilege to work and understood his rank as a spur to service”.

Members of the gathering will include people representing some of the 700 charities that were supported by the Duke of Edinburgh and recipients of the Duke of Edinburgh gold award.

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