(L-R) Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Prince Harry and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge.
(L-R) Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Prince Harry and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge.
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On Remembrance Sunday, His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales wore the uniform of the Blues and Royals regiment. He also wore a beard, to the chagrin of many.

Prince Harry is a former member of the Army Air Corps, and holds the rank of Captain in the Blues and Royals. He left the armed forces in 2015.

On Sunday, Prince Harry wore the uniform of the Blues and Royals, is also known as the Royal Horse Guards and 1st Dragoons. It is a cavalry division of the British Army and a part of the Household Cavalry.

The regiment also has a strict no-facial hair policy, with exceptions given to those with skin conditions or who grow facial hair for religious purposes.

The Daily Mail quotes a spokesperson for the Ministry of Defence as saying;

I can confirm that Prince Harry is no longer a serving officer and therefore does not have to comply with any of these regulations.

However, some attendees at the ceremony were displeased that the Prince had a beard.

The Daily Mail quoted a 'serving military member in the elite cavalry' regiment as saying there were 'unhappy' with the beard, and that he ought to have shaved it.

Reacting to the story, others on social media pointed out that Prince Harry is hardly the first Royal to don a uniform, and wear handsome facial hair, both at the same time.

Members of the Royal Family often also hold ceremonial offices within the military. Prince Harry is also titled as the Commodore-in-Chief of Small Ships and Diving, and as the Honorary Air Commandant of RAF Honington.

For instance, until 2011 Her Majesty the Queen was officially the Lord High Admiral of the Royal Navy and she continues to serve as the Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Lancers cavalry regiment.

HT Daily Mail

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