Friday, 17 November, 2017

Charles steps up under Queen's gaze to lay Cenotaph wreath

Remembrance Day People mark Armistice Day GETTYRemembrance Day 2017 The Festival of Remembrance will be shown on the BBC tonight
Hannah Rogers | 14 November, 2017, 20:21

She and the Duke of Edinburgh, who has retired from solo public duties at the age of 96, observed from a balcony.

"Prince Harry is letting us all down". There's no place for beards in the Queen's cavalry.

Often praised for being rigorous about her royal obligations, the queen had delegated the Remembrance Sunday duty to Charles, 68, the next in line to the British throne. "He should have shaved it off for such an important day".

Politicians, members of the Royal Family and veterans will honour those who lost their lives in conflict as the United Kingdom marks Remembrance Sunday.

The army forbids soldiers and officers from having facial hair, unless they have specific religious or skin-related reasons for doing so.

According to Forces.net, the only military rank permitted to wear a beard while on official duty - during a parade, for instance - is the Pioneer Sergeant.

The Blues and Royals is one of the most prestigious regiments in the military, the Queen is Colonel-in-chief, and it can trace back its history to the days of Oliver Cromwell's 17th Century New Model Army. The bell also rang on Saturday to mark Armistice Day.

Throughout the centuries, officers have been known for their clean-cut appearances, although some occasionally grew moustaches and connected side-whiskers, especially when serving in Muslim countries.

Britain's Prince Harry places a poppy as he attends the official opening ceremony of The Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey in London.

The Duke of Cambridge, wearing an RAF squadron leader's uniform, and Prince Harry, in the uniform of a captain in the Household Cavalry's Blues and Royals, also laid wreaths.

Harry may have to keep donning the uniform for special occasions, but he doesn't have to comply with the strict regulations as he left military service in 2015.

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