Remembrance Sunday 2017- Part 1

Members of the British royal family attended the annual Remembrance Day commemoration service at  The Cenotaph at Whitehall in London yesterday. For the first time, The Prince of Wales led the ceremony and laid Her Majesty’s wreath.

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Prince Charles was joined by the Duke of Cambridge, Prince Harry, the Duke of York, Earl of Wessex, The Princess Royal and the Duke of Kent. As in years past, all appeared in military uniform.
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Earlier yesterday morning, the Prince of Wales attended the Welsh Guards’ Remembrance Sunday service at Guards Chapel. For this service, Prince Charles, who has been Colonel of the Welsh Guards since 1975, wore a black bowler hat.

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On Saturday, the Duke of Gloucester attended the annual Armistice Day Service at The National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas.

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12 thoughts on “Remembrance Sunday 2017- Part 1

  1. It’s good to see Charles in a bowler. I have two bowlers (one in black and one in brown), but mine have a larger brim than Charles’, which I prefer, yet Charles can carry off the smaller brim nicely.

  2. Not specifically a hat question, but I notice that there is some stylistic variation in the wreaths being carried by the various participants — does anyone know if the design of the wreath also pertains to the various regiments represented?

  3. Very interesting about the great coats accommodating the swords. Can you tell me why some of them men had their poppies pinned to their hats, while others wore them on their coats? (We certainly are a curious group.) it also occurred to me that a shorter haircut makes a hat appear larger – perhaps too large? And conversely a fuller head of hair makes a hat seem smaller.

    • I believe that the bowler hat is worn by retired members of Cavalry Regiments of the British ArmyOld Comrades (Life Guards and Blues and Royals), Hussars, Lancers and Guards. As I understand, these retired officers attend events wearing a suit, a bowler hat and the tie of their regiment. Prince Charles looked to be wearing a Welsh Guards regimental tie yesterday morning.

      You might recall Prince Philip, Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry taking part in past Cavalry Sunday parades where retired members of the previously mentioned cavalry regiments march to a service and commemoration in Hyde Park. For this, they wear bowler hats, suits and regimental ties but also march with furled umbrellas. In the photos below, Prince Charles is wearing the tie of the Royal Dragoon Guards while William and Harry are wearing ties of the Welsh Guards.

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  4. An interesting assortment of headwear. But, would some please explain to me why the military greatcoats, worn most notably by Prince William, has the left side opened, exposing the lining, and buttoned around the back of the coat? Is it something to do with a sword (which he is not carrying)?
    HQ, the Queen has missed a few other Remembrance Day observances at the Cenotaph, hasn’t she? This is the first time she was present, while Prince Charles laid her wreath, I believe.

    • It’s to accommodate the sword, which the Duke of Cambridge did carry (but was not visible in all photographs).

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      One article I read stated that the queen has only missed the Remembrance Sunday service six times during her reign, due to overseas foreign tours or her two later pregnancies.

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