Prince Andrew seen in military uniform at vigil for his mother after King Charles let him wear it

Prince Andrew wore his military uniform as he joined his siblings for a ‘final vigil’ around his late mother’s coffin as she lies in state at Westminster Hall.

The Duke of York, 62, was pictured arriving at the vigil in London with his younger brother, Prince Edward, in his full uniform after King Charles lifted a ban on him wearing the outfit.

On Monday, the Queen’s children took part in a similar Vigil of Princes ceremony at St Giles’ Cathedral, Edinburgh, where they stood around their mother’s coffin.

As the Queen’s children, along with Prince William and Prince Harry, followed the Queen’s coffin from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall on Tuesday, neither the Duke of York nor the Duke of Sussex were wearing their uniforms – instead dressed in suits.

However as Andrew replicated the ceremonial act with his siblings this evening, in which they ‘took guard’ and surrounded their mother’s coffin, the Falklands War veteran was allowed to wear his military uniform.

It is thought King Charles lifted the ban on Andrew’s dress as a ‘mark of respect for his mother’.

This evening the King, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward stood guard over their mother’s coffin in silence for 10 minutes while members of the public filed past.

Meanwhile other members of the Royal family including Prince Edward’s wife Sophie Wessex, Princess Anne’s daughter Zara Tindall and her husband Mike, and Prince Andrew’s daughters, Beatrice and Eugenie, watched on in the stands.

The new Queen Consort Camilla was also present in the stands as the family paid their respects to the late monarch.

Princess Beatrice’s husband, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, appeared visibly moved as he put his hands to his face while watching the ceremonial vigil.

As King Charles lifted the ban on both Andrew and Harry wearing their military uniforms, it is also expected the Duke of Sussex will be allowed to wear it at a separate vigil for the Queen tomorrow night, in what was labelled a victory for ‘common sense’.

The Prince of Wales and the Duke of Sussex will reportedly join the Queen’s six other grandchildren in a special 15 minute vigil at Westminster Hall.

It is believed the eight grandchildren will pay respects to the Queen by standing in silence beside Her Majesty’s coffin – in a scene which will mirror the Vigil of the Princes.

 

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