ComScore

The Undramatic Explanation for Why Prince Harry Didn’t Salute at the Queen’s Funeral

If you noticed that Prince Harry didn’t salute during Queen Elizabeth’s funeral, you should know that there’s a totally undramatic reason behind his stoic posture.

Today, the royal family gathered in England to celebrate the monarch’s life with a state funeral. Before they entered Westminster Abbey, some members—like King Charles III and Prince William—performed a formal salute while others—like Prince Harry—stood with their arms at their sides.

prince harry salute queen funeral 1
HANNAH MCKAY/POOL/AFP/Getty Images

As Hello! magazine points out, Prince Harry isn’t allowed to salute because it’s “a military custom in which a soldier signals respect to a superior rank.” When he stepped down as a senior member of the royal family, he gave up his military titles and, therefore, isn’t permitted to carry out formal greetings—like a salute.

prince harry salute queen funeral 2
Henry Nicholls/WPA Pool/Getty Images

This also explains why he wore a suit (instead of his military uniform) during the queen’s funeral. During last week’s vigil, King Charles made an exception by allowing Prince Harry to wear his Blues and Royals uniform, but that wasn’t the case for today’s event.

prince harry salute queen funeral 3
Glyn Kirk/WPA Pool/Getty Images

Most of the royal family attended the monarch’s funeral service at Westminster Abbey—the site of the queen’s 1953 coronation and where she married Prince Philip. This included Prince William and Kate Middleton’s oldest children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte. (Their youngest brother, Prince Louis, was not in attendance.)

prince harry salute queen funeral 4
Glyn Kirk/WPA Pool/Getty Images

We’d do anything to give Prince Harry a hug right now.

Stay up-to-date on every breaking royal family story by subscribing here.