It was announced by the Queen via a statement last week that Prince Philip had sadly passed away on Friday morning, April 9, at Windsor Castle. The Queen and Philip were married for 74 years and were the only couple in the family’s history to celebrate their platinum anniversary.
The Royal Family has been in a period of mourning since Prince Philip’s death and have been wearing black or darker colours during this time.
The family will wear black for the funeral too, including those who would usually opt for a military uniform.
It was announced this morning that members of the Royal Family will not be wearing their military uniforms after “apparent difficulties in deciding who should be allowed to wear what”, Sky News reported.
Prince Charles and Prince William were expected to wear military outfits for the ceremony, but it was already expected that Harry – who flew to the UK from his home in the US on Monday – would wear a black suit due to him losing his military titles.
Princess Anne wore her military uniform for the Queen Mother’s funeral in 2002, but will be wearing black on Saturday due to the new rules, decided and ordered by the Queen.
Her Majesty wore a mid-length black coat, a black hat, and matching black tights, shoes, and bag for her mother’s funeral.
This is what she also wore for her sister’s funeral, also held in 2002.
Like Prince Philip’s funeral, Princess Margaret’s ceremony was a low-key affair, taking place in St George’s Chapel with only close family and friends in attendance.
It is not yet clear what the Duchess of Cambridge and other young female Royals will wear to the funeral, but they will follow rules which have been said to be preferred by the Queen.
The rules include wearing longer skirts with black tights, as well as wearing a hat or a fascinator.
Due to coronavirus restrictions, the funeral’s attendees are also expected to wear black face masks.
After the news of the Prince’s death broke on April 9, all British newsreaders wore black, with BBC news presenter Martine Croxall changing to a black outfit live on air.
This is because that Operation Forth Bridge, which is code for Prince Philip’s death, dictated that newsreaders must wear black if on air throughout the day, as well as any other news presenters, as a sign of respect.
Additionally, MPs wore black armbands and will continue to do so until Prince Philip’s funeral.