THE medals being worn by the Royal Family for Prince Philip’s funeral were revealed earlier today.
The list of medals was unveiled by Buckingham Palace in the commentary notes ahead of this afternoon’s service at St George’s Chapel.
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Charles, Anne, Andrew, Edward, William and Harry are among the senior royals who were displaying medals during today’s proceedings as the Duke of Edinburgh was laid to rest.
They include medals that honour the Duke of Sussex’s service with the British Army in Afghanistan.
Andrew’s service as a Sea King helicopter pilot during the 1982 Falklands War was also marked by one of his medals.
Today’s funeral was attended by just 30 mourners under Covid regulations, with the Queen leading the Royal Family.
WHAT MEDALS DO THE ROYAL FAMILY WEAR?
The royal family were wearing medals, but not military uniforms for the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral.
Buckingham Palace made the decision over concerns Prince Harry would be the only senior royal dressed differently after he lost his honorary ranks.
Senior royals’ medals include those for for active service as well as for being members of a high-ranking order.
There were also medals awarded to members of the Royal Family by other countries on display as Philip was laid to rest.
Charles wore the Garter Star, the most prestigious British order of chivalry, which he was awarded in 1958.
The Prince Of Wales also wore the Queen’s Service Order, which was awarded to him in New Zealand in 1983, throughout today’s proceedings.
The medal is used to recognise “valuable voluntary service to the community and faithful services to the Crown”
He was also pictured wearing the Queen’s Coronation medal, which commemorates the year his mother became monarch in 1953, as well as medals to mark Her Majesty’s Silver, Gold and Diamond Jubilees.
The Naval Long Service and Good Conduct Medal recognises the good conduct of armed forces personnel over a 15-year period.
His Canadian forces decoration was awarded in 2002 in recognition of his 32 years of service as Colonel In Chief of the Royal Canadian Regiment.
The New Zealand Commerative medal awarded in 1990 marks the Prince’s relationship with the country.
Princess Anne was also wearing the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal (Royal Navy) during today’s funeral proceedings.
The Princess Royal displayed the Queen’s Service Order (QSO) (New Zealand), the Coronation Medal, the Silver Jubilee Medal, and the Golden Jubilee Medal, the Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Candian Forces Decoration.
Her Order of St John medal marks her 30-year association with the St John’s Ambulance.
The Duke of York’s service during the Falklands War as a helicopter pilot is recognised with his South Atlantic Medal 1982 with Rosette.
He was also awarded the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal.
The Canadian Decoration was given to Andrew in 2001 and he will also wear the New Zealand Commemoration Medal, which he was awarded in 1990.
His Long Service and Good Conduct Medal with 2 Bars honours his service with the Royal Navy.
The Earl of Wessex displayed the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee medal, Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee medal and Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal during today’s funeral.
As well as his brothers, Edward wore his Canadian Forces Decoration, and New Zealand Commemorative medals.
The Duke of Sussex was awarded the Afghanistan Operational Service Medal in 2008 for service in Helmand Province.
Harry served two tours of Afghanistan during 10 years in the British Army.
He also wore the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, awarded to mark The Queenn’s sixtieth year on the throne in 2012. I
The medal was given to members of the armed forces, emergency services, prison service and members of the Royal Household.
Harry displayed his KCVO Neck Order, which is awarded as part of the Royal Victorian Order – a monarchical order of knighthood.
The Queen knighted Harry in 2015 “for services to the sovereign”.
The Duke of Cambridge wore the 2002 Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal and the 2012 Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal during today’s funeral.
William also has a Garter star on display as he is a member of the Order of the Garter.
He was pictured walking next to Peter Philips and Prince Harry as they solemnly walked into St George’s Chapel.
The Duke of Kent
The Queen’s cousin wore the Garter Star, the Neck Order: Order of St. Michael and St. George, the UN Peace Keeping Medal (Cyprus), the King George Coronation Medal, the The Queen’s Coronation Medal, the Golden Jubilee Medal, the Silver Jubilee Medal and he Diamond Jubilee Medal.
He also displayed the Long Service Medal with 3 clasps, the Canadian Long Service Medal with two clasps and the Sierra Leone Independence and the Guyana Independence medals
The Duke of Gloucester
The duke, another of the Queen’s cousins, wore his Garter Star
Neck Order: Order of St. John.
And he also displayed the Coronation Medal, the Silver Jubilee Medal, the Golden Jubilee Medal and the Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Other medals of the duke’s include the 1978 Solomon Islands Independence Medal, the Service medal of The Order of St John and the Badge of Honour, New Hebrides.
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