Prince Philip memorial to replicate ‘understated’ style without military uniforms

The service marks nearly a year since the death of the 99-year-old Duke of Edinburgh in April 2021 and will be held at Westminster Abbey to honour the extraordinary life and work of the royal. Members of the Royal Family will exchange their military uniforms for a dress code of “lounge suits and day dresses”, it has been revealed.

A source stated that the dress code for the ceremony is “understated and modest” to reflect the style and character of the Duke.

The funeral in April also saw the Royal Family giving up their military uniforms in exchange for morning suits accessorised with military medals.

The memorial service will be attended by the most senior members of the Royal Family including the four children of the Duke of Edinburgh and the Queen – Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward. 

It will be the first public appearance from Prince Andrew since the settlement of the civil sexual assault case with Virginia Giuffre in the United States.

It is hoped that the Queen will be able to attend the service at the Abbey where she married Prince Philip after fears her ailing mobility would prevent her from attending. 

A last-minute decision will be made by Buckingham Palace on the day over her attendance. 

Other royal guests include the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Beatrice, Zara Tindall, Peter Phillips, and Lady Louise Windsor.

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The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Portsmouth will represent the Armed Forces at the ceremony and young members of the UK Cadet Force Associations will line the route into the Abbey.

The BBC revealed that the service “will hear the Dean of Westminster, David Hoyle, offering prayers for a man of rare ability and distinction who put privilege to work and understood his rank as a spur to service”.

Members of the gathering will include people representing some of the 700 charities that were supported by the Duke of Edinburgh and recipients of the Duke of Edinburgh gold award.

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