Prince Andrew wears suit as Duke forced to forego military uniform in key procession

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The Duke of York joined the rest of his siblings for the traditional Vigil of the Princes at St Giles’ Cathedral on Monday. The Queen’s coffin had arrived in Edinburgh on Sunday, after a six-hour journey from Balmoral, the Crown’s estate in Aberdeenshire.

King Charles, Princess Anne, and Prince Edward were all displaying military garb as they followed the hearse carrying the Queen’s coffin from the Palace of Holyroodhouse to St Giles’ Cathedral.

Thousands lined Edinburgh’s Royal Mile to watch the procession, led by the new monarch, pass on foot.

Prince Andrew was not permitted to wear a military uniform, unlike the rest of the senior royals, after he was removed from the ranks of the working royals.

Prince Andrew wore only his medals, pinned onto a black suit, including the South Atlantic Medal for his time serving during the Falklands War.

The Duke, 62, can no longer use his HRH title or have access to honorary military titles he once held, including Colonel of the Grenadier Guards.

He was stripped of these titles earlier this year in the wake of his association with convicted paedophile, Jeffrey Epstein, and a lawsuit launched in the US by Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre.

He paid Ms Guiffre an unknown sum, thought to be in the millions, to settle the civil sexual assault case brought against him by Ms Giuffre.

The prince strenuously denies the allegations against him.

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The cortege will depart from St Giles’s at 5pm on Tuesday, transporting the coffin to Edinburgh Airport.

The Princess Royal will be the only one of the Queen’s children to accompany the coffin on its flight.

It is expected to depart around 6pm from Edinburgh, arriving at RAF Northolt in West London shortly before 7pm.

Princess Anne will be joined by The Very Revd Professor David Fergusson, Dean of the Chapel Royal in Scotland.

Once the coffin touches down in the capital, the RAF honour guard will carry out a royal salute.

It will then be taken to Buckingham Palace, to be placed in the Bow Room for an overnight vigil.

On Wednesday, the coffin will travel to Westminster Hall, beginning the lying in state period.

Members of the public will be allowed to see the coffin during this time, ahead of the funeral on Monday, September 19.

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