King Charles III, the Prince of Wales, and the Princess Royal salute, whilst the Duke of Sussex and the Duke of York bow their heads during Queen's procession
King Charles III, the Prince of Wales, and the Princess Royal salute, while the Duke of Sussex and the Duke of York bow their heads during Queen's procession (Picture: PA Image/Alamy Stock Photo).
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Queen Elizabeth II: Military uniforms and medals worn by Royal Family in coffin procession

King Charles III, the Prince of Wales, and the Princess Royal salute, whilst the Duke of Sussex and the Duke of York bow their heads during Queen's procession
King Charles III, the Prince of Wales, and the Princess Royal salute, while the Duke of Sussex and the Duke of York bow their heads during Queen's procession (Picture: PA Image/Alamy Stock Photo).

The Queen this afternoon left Buckingham Palace for the final time and was taken to Westminster Hall during the coffin procession.

The military played a vital role in proceedings, but it wasn't just personnel wearing military uniforms.

King Charles III wore an RAF Marshal uniform, with the Order of Merit (neck decoration) and the Order of the Garter Sash and Star.

His medals were: the Queen's Service Order (New Zealand); Coronation Medal; Silver Jubilee Medal; Golden Jubilee Medal; Diamond Jubilee Medal; Platinum Jubilee Medal (as of 2nd June 2022); Naval Long Service Good Conduct (LSGC)  with three additional service bars; Canadian Forces Decoration plus three additional service bars); the New Zealand Commemorative Medal and the New Zealand Armed Forces Award

The Prince of Wales wore an RAF No1 uniform, with a Garter Sash with RAF Pilot Wings and Garter Star Chest Order.

His medals were: Her Majesty The Queen's Golden Jubilee and Her Majesty The Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

The Princess Royal, in the rank of Admiral, wore a full ceremonial Royal Navy uniform with a decoration of a Garter star and Garter sash.

Princess Anne's full-size medals were: Queen's Service Order; Her Majesty The Queen's Coronation Medal; Her Majesty The Queen's Silver Jubilee Medal; Her Majesty The Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal; Her Majesty The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal; Her Majesty The Queen's Platinum Jubilee Medal; Long Service and Good Conduct Medal (Royal Navy); Canadian Forces Decoration; Order of St John Service Medal; and the New Zealand 1990 Medal.

The Earl of Wessex wore the Blues Uniform with the rank of Honorary Royal Colonel of the Royal Wessex Yeomanry.

His decorations were: Garter Star and Sash Medals; Her Majesty The Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal; Her Majesty The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal; Her Majesty The Queen's Platinum Jubilee Medal; the New Zealand Medal; and the Canadian Forces Medal.

Only working Royals were permitted to wear military uniforms during the procession.

This meant the Duke of Sussex was wearing civilian dress, despite seeing action on the frontline during two tours of duty in Afghanistan.

His medals were: Her Majesty The Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal; Her Majesty The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal; Her Majesty The Queen's Platinum Jubilee Medal; Afghanistan Operational Service Medal, and the KCVO Neck Order and Star.

The Duke of York was also in civilian attire, wearing a morning suit with these medals: Order of the Garter Star; South Atlantic Medal; Her Majesty The Queen's Silver Jubilee Medal; Her Majesty The Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal; Her Majesty The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal; Her Majesty The Queen's Platinum Jubilee Medal; Royal Navy Long Service Medals with bars; Canadian Forces Decoration with bar; and New Zealand Commemoration Medal.