Charles stands in for queen at war ceremony

Joann Johnston
November 14, 2017

Her Majesty had asked Charles to lay her wreath at the Cenotaph in what is believed to be the first time the monarch has broken with tradition and not performed the symbolic duty when at the Whitehall service.

But after Charles took his first step towards becoming King, Harry was spotted on live television breaking a military rule.

One serving member of the cavalry regiment said: 'Prince Harry is letting us all down.

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And the question of whether Prince Harry had let down the nation, the military or himself was even debated by people in other countries.

Members of the public quickly jumped to the prince's defence, many pointing out that he retired from active duty two years ago. "There's no place for beards in the Queen's cavalry", the source claimed.

According to reports in the United Kingdom media, the British Army only allows beards in certain circumstances, such as when shaving would conflict with a soldier's religion, when they are suffering from a skin complaint, or when they are special forces behind enemy lines.

Sikhs are not allowed to cut their own hair, and can thus retain their beards while in uniform, for example.

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Why so grumpy George?

According to, the only military rank permitted to wear a beard while on official duty - during a parade, for instance - is the Pioneer Sergeant.

Do you think Prince Harry should have shaved off his beard for the event?


Daily Star Online has approached Kensington Palace for comment.

Prince William, Prince Andrew and the Prince Charles all were clean shaven for the service, which is seen as one of the most important dates in the Royal diary.

Harry may have to keep donning the uniform for special occasions, but he doesn't have to comply with the strict regulations as he left military service in 2015.

The Queen, Harry's grandmother, is Colonel-in-Chief of the Blues and Royals, while the Colonel of the Regiment is Princess Anne, his aunt.

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