Will Prince Harry wear his military uniform at Queen Elizabeth’s funeral? A look at his military history

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Prince Harry, like his brother Prince William, had a distinguished career in the British Army during his early adulthood and at the height of the war in Afghanistan. Eventually, the young prince rose to the rank of captain and flew Apache attack helicopters with the Royal Air Force. To this day, the Duke of Sussex works with veteran charity groups to support wounded soldiers and their families.

In May 2005, Harry enrolled in a 44-week course at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst to train as a Cadet Officer, which combined intense physical training with academic endurance. By April 2006, the Prince had completed training and would join the British Army’s Cavalry Regiment known as the Blues and Royals. Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, attended the Sovereignty’s parade at Sandhurst after Harry was commissioned as an army officer.

After two years with the Blues and the Royals, Prince began training to become an Army Air Force pilot by January 2009, eventually being selected to learn how to fly an Apache Attack helicopter.

How long did Prince Harry serve in Afghanistan?

Throughout his military career, Prince Harry served in two deployments in Afghanistan. The first took ten weeks in Helmand province as an advanced air controller from 2007-2008. The Duke’s second deployment was for 20 weeks from 2012 to 2013 as an Apache pilot. At this point, the prince reached the rank of captain and was placed in the 662nd Squadron, the 3rd Regiment of the 16th Air Assault Brigade.

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Prince Harry served two tours in Afghanistan while serving in the British Army for over a decade.
(John Stilwell Ball/Tim Graham Photo Library)

“Captain Harry Wells as he was known in the Army visited the USA in October 2011 to complete the final elements of the Apache Transformation Course where he learned to operate the aircraft and its weapons systems in a variety of challenging operational scenarios.

Harry served for approximately 30 weeks during his deployment to Afghanistan with the British Army and 10 years in the Army as a whole.

Did he fight on the front lines?

Harry was deployed to Afghanistan while the fighting on the American and British sides was at its height against the Taliban after the September 11 attacks on the United States.

By September 2012, Harry was deployed and worked as an Apache helicopter pilot at Camp Bastion, located in Helmand Province. He was a member of the Joint Aviation Group responsible for providing air support to the International Security Assistance Force and the Afghan military forces.

During his time in Afghanistan, the Taliban had put a price tag on his head, forcing the military high command to move Harry from his position to a place of safety during parts of his tour.

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Why can’t Harry wear his military uniform at the Queen’s funeral?

Prince Harry lost his military titles after he and his wife, Meghan Markle, backed down from their roles in the royal family. However, a royal expert told Fox News Digital that Harry will be allowed to wear his uniform with the permission of his father, King Charles III. The state funeral for Queen Elizabeth II will be held on Monday at Westminster Abbey on Monday.

“I’m glad King thought of it better,” Shannon Felton Spence told Fox News Digital. “It’s the right thing to do. The Queen was very proud to serve Prince Harry, as his grandmother and commander-in-chief.”


Otherwise, Buckingham Palace only allows current working family members with military titles to wear a uniform at the funeral.

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