Members of the British royal family paid their respects at the annual Remembrance Day service at the Cenotaph in London, England on Sunday — although a few (unwritten) royal rules were broken by two members of the family.
Prince Harry, 33, appeared alongside his father, Prince Charles, and his brother, Prince William, at the Cenotaph to lay their wreaths. Although Harry looked dapper in the uniform of a Captain in the Household Cavalry’s Blues and Royals, he broke one major rule by wearing a full beard while on official duty in a British Army uniform.
Historically, full facial beards have aways been forbidden while on official duty (although some officers have been known to wear moustaches).
A member of the elite cavalry regiment told The Mirror. “Prince Harry is letting us all down. There’s no place for beards in the Queen’s cavalry.”
Meanwhile, this year marked the first time that Queen Elizabeth II, 91, watched the service from a balcony rather than perform her sacred duty and lay a wreath. Traditionally, the monarch lays the wreath to honour Britain’s war dead — but she had Prince Charles lay the wreath on her behalf. According to palace officials, the Queen decided to watch the ceremony from the Foreign Office as she preferred to join her husband Philip (who had retired from official duties in the summer). It was a historic shift in the Queen’s 65-year-old reign and more than a few took notice:
“She is getting a bit older now so it’s probably fitting that he does start taking this on,” said Regimental Sergeant Major Kevin Stacey.
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“She is getting a bit older now so it’s probably fitting that he does start taking this on,” said Regimental Sergeant Major Kevin Stacey. (Photo: Getty)