Harry set to wear his military uniform as a special tribute to Queen

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The Duke of Sussex will be permitted to wear his uniform when the Queen’s grandchildren hold a vigil at her coffin (Picture: Getty Images)

Prince Harry is expected to wear his military uniform in a special tribute to the Queen when her grandchildren hold a vigil at her coffin.

The Duke of Sussex, who saw action on the front line during two tours of duty in Afghanistan, had been denied the chance to wear it as he publicly mourned as he is no longer a working royal.

Despite being a former Army officer, he has been in civilian dress for official events, including walking behind Her Majesty’s coffin when it was carried to Westminster Hall to lie in state.

But the Daily Mirror said Palace officials have had a change of heart, with a source saying ‘common sense has prevailed’.

They went on: ‘It was a ludicrous situation, given the Duke of Sussex has served his country and is a highly respected member of the Armed Forces with everything he has done for veterans.

‘It is important that the Queen’s grandchildren are all made to feel welcome and comfortable as they grieve their beloved grandmother together.’

The source said the decision was taken without consulting Harry, who was prepared to wear whatever the Queen had planned.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 14: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend as the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II is escorted into Westminster Hall for the Lying-in State on September 14, 2022 in London, England. Queen Elizabeth II's coffin is taken in procession on a Gun Carriage of The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall where she will lay in state until the early morning of her funeral. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III. (Photo by Peter Tarry - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Harry has so far appeared in civilian dress (Picture: Getty)

Harry will join his brother the Prince of Wales and cousins Peter Phillips and Zara Tindall in mounting a vigil around the Queen’s coffin on Saturday.

An exception has been made for the disgraced Duke of York, who is no longer a working royal but will wear his military uniform as a ‘special mark of respect’ for the Queen when he stands guard around her coffin during a vigil with his siblings on Friday evening.

On Monday, Harry wrote of his special memories of the Queen attending his passing-out parade in 2006 when he became an officer in the British Army.

He told of his ‘first meeting’ with his grandmother as ‘my Commander-in-Chief’, and is believed to have been referring to the occasion when she made him grin and blush when she reviewed the cadets.

Buckingham Palace has been contacted for comment.

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