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The Military Involvement In Harry And Meghan's Wedding

More than 250 members of the military will be involved in the upcoming royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle...

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit Edinburgh Garrison HQ (Image: MoD)

More than 250 members of the military will be involved in the upcoming wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Regiments and units that Prince Harry has a special relationship with will provide ceremonial support at the chapel and during the carriage procession. 

The Household Cavalry, with whom Harry served a tour of Afghanistan, will form a staircase party at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle where the ceremony will take place.

Prince Harry joined The Blues and Royals in April 2006 and rose to the rank of Captain.

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Prince Harry in the ceremonial dress of the Blues and Royals at Prince William's wedding. Courtesy of PA.

The streets around Windsor Castle will be lined by members of the Windsor Castle Guard from 1st Battalion Irish Guards, and by Armed Forces personnel from the following units:

  • Royal Navy Small Ships and Diving - Prince Harry is Commodore-in-Chief, Small Ships and Diving.
  • Royal Marines - Prince Harry is Captain General Royal Marines, after succeeding the Duke of Edinburgh in the role in December 2017.
  • 3 Regiment Army Air Corps - Prince Harry served as an Apache Pilot in Helmand Province, Afghanistan with 662 Squadron, 3 Regiment Army Air Corps.
  • The Royal Gurkha Rifles - Prince Harry served with the 1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles in Afghanistan in 2007.
  • RAF Honington - Prince Harry is Honorary Air Commandant of RAF Honington.
  • The Band of the Irish Guards will provide musical support to the street liners will be provided by
Prince Harry presents the Sword of Peace at RAF Honington

Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, Chief of the Defence Staff, said:

“I am proud that members of the Armed Forces have been asked to take part in the ceremonial celebrations taking place on the Royal couple’s wedding day.

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Prince Harry presents Op TELIC medals at HMNB Portsmouth in 2011 (Image: MoD)

"It is a happy occasion for the whole country and reminds us of the role the Armed Forces play in marking important events in the life of the nation.

“I am particularly pleased to hear that members of the Armed Forces who have a close relationship with Prince Harry will be taking part.

"Servicemen and women from the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force will all be honoured to offer their support.”

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Prince Harry awarded his Flying Wings by the Prince of Wales in May 2010 (Image: MoD)

A Kensington Palace spokesperson said:

“Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle are pleased that members of the Armed Forces will play such a special role in their wedding.

"The Military, and these units, in particular, hold a great significance for Prince Harry and the couple are incredibly grateful for their support.”