Prince Harry seen in military uniform alongside William at vigil for the Queen

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Prince Harry has been spotted in Westminster Hall wearing his military uniform as he took up his position alongside Her Majesty the Queen’s other grandchildren to stand vigil over her coffin.

He was seen standing alongside his brother Prince William – now Prince of Wales – who was also in full military garb.

The King's two sons were joined by Peter Phillips, Zara Tindall, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, Lady Louise Windsor, and James, Viscount Severn.

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Harry has worn civilian clothes at public events since the Queen died, but public questions about why Harry – a veteran of two full combat tours in Afghanistan – had not been allowed to wear his uniform appear to have led to a softening of attitudes.

After Harry and his wife Meghan Markle made the shock decision to stand down as senior members of the Royal Family in January 2020 the prince formally returned his royal patronages and honorary military appointments to the Queen.

Until February 2021, Harry held the honorary ranks of Captain General of the Royal Marines, Honorary Air Commandant, RAF Honington, and Commodore-in-Chief, Small Ships and Diving, Royal Naval Command.

However, his 10-year service in the British Army saw him rising to the rank of captain, is a different matter.

In January 2006, Clarence House announced that Harry was joining the Blues and Royals, and the following year he was was deployed to Afghanistan for a 10-week tour of duty, working as a forward air controller and co-ordinating airstrikes on Taliban positions.

His mission was kept secret at the time but unfortunately reports in the foreign press made his presence in Afghanistan public and the army was forced to end his deployment prematurely.

In early 2008, it was revealed that Prince Harry had again been serving with the Army in Afghanistan, being stationed in Helmand Province for more than two months. He was promoted to the rank of lieutenant with the Household Cavalry later that same year.

He went on to retrain as an Apache pilot in the Army Air Corps and returned to Afghanistan in 2012 as a helicopter co-pilot and gunner.

He said at the time: “My father’s always trying to remind me about who I am and stuff like that.

“But it’s very easy to forget about who I am when I am in the army. Everyone’s wearing the same uniform and doing the same kind of thing. I get on well with the lads and I enjoy my job. It really is as simple as that.”

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The Duke of Sussex’s army career ended in June 2015, following a secondment to the Australian military.

General Sir Nicholas Carter, the then-Chief of the General Staff, said that Prince Harry had "achieved much in his 10 years as a soldier".

"He has been at the forefront throughout his service," he added.

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