What Is Prince Harry Going to Wear to the Royal Wedding?

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Prince Harry is marrying Meghan Markle. Unless you're extremely logged off, you know this. (The ceremony is at St George’s Chapel in Windsor on May 19, starting around 7p.m. local time.) Something us peasants like to do is speculate about the nuptials, because there's nothing more intriguing than wildly speculating about an event you weren't invited to. Obviously. Who's on the guest list? Will they eat cake? What will they wear? 

The wedding attire is an especially interesting topic here. While Prince Harry's 'fit might not steal the show (note: it should indeed not steal the show), it does play an interesting role in setting the tone and formality for the rest of the wedding attendees. Basically, Prince Harry has two main options: He could be dressed in his military uniform, or he could be in morning dress, Britain's daytime formal dress code. And the influence of either of those two would have an impact on the whole affair—either more formal with the uniform, or less formal with morning dress. 



Cosmopolitan UK spoke with royal expert and officer of arms Alastair Bruce, who doesn't think that Harry will be rolling up in uniform.

"As Prince Harry is no longer a serving officer in the Armed Forces, it is unlikely he will wear a uniform. However he could, if he wishes, as he holds a special position as a Member of the Royal Family," Bruce said. 

It's especially interesting because his brother William had the same choice when he married Kate Middleton in 2011. But, according to Bruce, this was a different, more formal situation.


"The Duke of Cambridge wore the uniform of the Colonel, Irish Guards, because he had recently been appointed to this by The Queen and his wedding, as a future monarch, was a ceremonial one," he continued."The way this is different is that [Harry] is not in the direct line of succession—he is a member of the royal family. This is a family wedding which is taking place not in public, not out of the public eye, but within the castle, which is much less visual." 

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However, Internet Opinions were formed after Kensington Palace posted the official invite, which stated the men's dress code as "uniform, morning coat, or lounge suit."

The thought was that it might be questionable for guests, if they were to be in uniform, to be dressed more formally than the groom, if he were to be dressed in a morning coat. Gauche! But will it happen? 

Guess we'll find out along with the rest of the peasants on May 19.

This story originally appeared on Esquire.com. Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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