The sentimental meaning behind Prince Harry’s wedding outfit

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WINDSOR, ENGLAND - MAY 19: Prince Harry arrives at his wedding to Ms. Meghan Markle with Prince William, Duke of Cambridge at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

There’s more to this groom’s ensemble than meets the eye…

Some assumed that Prince Harry would wear a morning suit to his and Meghan Markle’s wedding, but the red-headed royal shocked everyone by showing up in the frockcoat uniform of the Blues and Royals.

He had to seek permission from his grandmother, the Queen, to get married in his uniform, which was tailored at Dege & Skinner on Savile Row.

Made from blue doeskin and to the rank of major, the single-breasted frockcoat features a stand-up collar, complete with the incredibly intricate figured braiding of Regimental pattern.

However, while all of this is interesting, the most significant detail of all is that the prince chose to wear ribbons instead of an aiguillette.

Why? Well, because ribbons are garnered from work he has actually done, rather than titles given to him in an honorary capacity. For example, the badge on the left of his chest is pilots’ wings attained whilst serving with the Army Air Corps for flying Apache helicopters. 

Harry, who follows a long line of his ancestors by wearing a full military dress uniform on his big day, has always been a proud supporter of the armed forces: he is the founder of the Invictus Games for wounded and sick veterans, and has previously worked extensively to raise the profile of Walking With the Wounded, including accompanying them on treks.

And, holding titles across various regiments, Harry has made no secret of how much his time in the military meant to him.

“I did it because since I was a kid I enjoyed wearing the combats, I enjoyed running around with a rifle, jumping in a ditch and living in the rain, and stuff,” he told The Guardian in 2015.

“But then when I grew up, it became more than that, it became an opportunity for me to escape the limelight.

“I’ve had an epic 10 years, I’ve had great fun. The army keep giving me great jobs, and I can never thank them enough for that.”

He added: “I dread to think where I’d be without the army… [but] you can make bad choices in life, but it’s how you recover from those and which path you end up taking.

“And the army has done amazing things for me. And more importantly to me[is] what I’ve seen the army do to other young guys.”

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Kayleigh Dray

Kayleigh Dray is Stylist’s digital editor-at-large. Her specialist topics include comic books, films, TV and feminism. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends.