Prince Harry finally gets to wear military uniform as he guards Queen coffin with William and her other grandchildren | The Sun

PRINCE Harry was finally allowed to wear his military uniform tonight as he guarded the Queen's coffin.

The Duke of Sussex joined the Queen's grandchildren for a moving vigil at Westminster Hall this evening, where Her Majesty lies in state.

Harry was initially banned from donning his military colours to mourn the monarch after he was stripped of his royal duties after Megxit.

But King Charles granted the Afghan war veteran, who has ten years' military experience, special permission to do so for the 15-minute vigil tonight.

Harry joined his brother, the Prince of Wales, and their six cousins for the poignant period of reflection.

William led the grandchildren through the hall and slowly walked them in step to their positions.

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He was flanked by Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips at the head of the coffin, while Harry stood at the foot with Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.

Lady Louise Windsor and her brother Viscount Severn stood at the middle of the coffin.

As the vigil took place, emotional mourners continued to flood into the hall to pay their respects, having queued for hours to be there.

And other members of the royal family watched from the sidelines – including Sophie, Countess of Wessex, who appeared emotional during the period of silence.

John Suddes, 48, was among those watching the royals enter as mourners were momentarily halted.

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He said: “Being in the room was just unbelievable. The atmosphere was incredible.

“We knew the grandchildren were coming, but to see them all in there like that – all in their uniforms – was just unreal.”

After a signal from one of the Queen's bodyguards, William led his cousins away.

The Duke of Sussex wore a Blues and Royals No 1 Uniform, KCVO Neck Order and Star, Afghanistan Operational Service Medal, Golden, Diamond and Platinum Jubilee medals and Army Pilot Wings.

It comes after he and his uncle Prince Andrew wore morning suits for the Queen's coffin procession on Wednesday.

The decision to allow Harry to wear his uniform tonight was not a U-turn but a “one-off” decision by the King as a mark of respect for the late monarch.

An insider said: “The King invited the Queen’s grandchildren to mount a vigil and Harry can wear his uniform.”

It's understood Harry had not asked for a change and had been prepared to wear whatever was asked of him so the focus was on honouring his grandmother.

Last night Prince Andrew appeared in military uniform as he took his turn to stand vigil by his mother's coffin.

The Duke of York joined King Charles, Princess Anne and Prince Edward for the moving vigil at Westminster Hall, where Her Majesty lies in state.

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The siblings stood guard over their mother as they did in Scotland earlier this week – in a moving tradition known as Vigil of the Princes.

Andrew, who only wore a suit for the event at St Giles' Cathedral on Monday, put on his military colours yesterday as a "special mark of respect" to his mother.

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