The British Army has a whole host of uniforms for all occasions and Prince Harry, as an officer in the Blues and Royals (on attachment to the Army Air Corps), gets to wear many of the 20+ orders of dress available to the Blues & Royals on a regular basis.
Number 2 dress is one of the most common orders in the British Army, worn by the Prince most prominently when he opened a new Royal Navy Centre in Plymouth earlier this year.
Its proper name is ‘service dress’ and it used to be worn in the battlefield in the early 1900s – nowadays it’s reserved for ceremonial use. In this picture, Prince Harry is also wearing his Army Air Corps Beret.
When Harry visited the USA earlier this year, he made a visit to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier where he laid a wreath and took a walk past some of the graves of fallen servicemen. During this, he wore the number 1 dress of the Blues and Royals with his Army Air Corps beret.
Nowadays, he wears this also to the annual Trooping the Colour on Horse Guards Parade and also to other military orientated engagements.
Let’s not forget that Prince Harry is also a serving officer. Here his is wearing army combat fatigues, the modern fighting gear used by the British Army.
Not quite as colourful as the ceremonial uniforms, though surely symbolic in its own way.
Since 2009, Prince Harry has been on attachment to the Army Air Corps – a most orchestrated to give him the best chance of being able to be deployed on operational service.
This picture shows him in operational uniform in the seat of a helicopter.
Whilst Prince William turned up to his wedding in his bright Irish Guards tunic (as the regiment’s colonel), Prince Harry was in a uniform known as ‘Blues and Royals Dismounted Review Order’, which included spurs on his boots and aiguilettes (gold grading on his right shoulder) – as all commissioned officers in the Household Cavalry wear aiguilettes.
For the wedding, he had pockets fitted to the uniform so he could safely keep hold of the rings – the uniform doesn’t normal have pocket on it.
Perhaps the most lively of Captain Wales’s uniforms is his Tropical Weather Dress – we’ve only seen him in it about twice in the last two years though it definitely suits him! Tropical Weather Dress in the Blues and Royals is essentially the same as number 1 dress, but with a change of tunic.