Clarence House and St. James’s Palace have lifted the veil on more details of the royal wedding, announcing that Prince William, his best man and brother Prince Harry, and their father Prince Charles will all dress in military uniforms on Friday.
The groom will wear the uniform of the colonel of the Irish Guards, reflecting his senior honorary appointment in the army rather than his actual rank, which is that of lieutenant in the Household Cavalry and a flight lieutenant in the Royal Air Force. The uniform comprises a red tunic, with a gold and crimson sash and gold sword slings, though he won’t wear a sword. The uniform was made by Kashket and Partners, a London-based coat and uniform makers.
Meanwhile, best man Prince Harry will wear the uniform of a captain of the Household Cavalry, known as the Blues and Royals. He will also wear a Forage cap, which carries the badge of the Blues and Royals. Prince Harry is actually a captain in the Army Air Corps and a lieutenant in the Blues and Royals.
Prince Charles will wear the Royal Navy Number One Dress, a ceremonial suit. He has held the rank of admiral of the Royal Navy since 2006. There is ornamental braiding on the right shoulder, showing that he is aide-de-camp to his mother, Queen Elizabeth II.
Prince William’s grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh, will wear his Grenadier Guards uniform with a Garter sash. The uniform boasts a scarlet tunic with blue facings and dark blue trousers with a red stripe.
St. James’s Palace has also confirmed that Kate Middleton’s wedding ring has been made by the Mayfair jeweler Wartski from a piece of Welsh gold given to the couple by the Queen shortly after their engagement.
The use of gold from Wales for wedding rings is a royal tradition that dates back to the 1920s, when Prince William’s great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother married George VI.