In Westminster Abbey, Princess Anne greeted Prince Harry warmly as she walked down the aisle, likely putting him at ease during King Charles’ coronation service.
The Princess Royal was walking through the abbey when she stopped to greet the Duke of Sussex. She grinned vivaciously at him, and Harry grinned back at her.
Prince Harry occupied the seat closest to the aisle, followed by Princess Eugenie’s husband Jack Brooksbank, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, Princess Beatrice, and Prince Andrew.
The royal was dressed in a dapper morning suit with all of his medals, and Princess Anne was dressed in full uniform.
Prince Harry wore uniforms to symbolize his previous positions as Honorary Commodore-in-Chief of the Royal Navy’s Small Ships and Diving Operations, Honorary Air Force Commandant of the Royal Air Force Base Honington, and Captain General of the Royal Marines.
He can no longer dress in his uniform for royal occasions because he is no longer a working member of the royal family.
Princess Anne, on the other hand, was dressed in her Blues and Royals uniform with the Companion of the Order of the Bath neck decoration, Thistle Collar, Garter Sash, Garter Star, Thistle Star, GCVO Star, full-sized medals, and KCVO Star.
The Thistle cloak has a hand-embroidered gold badge, a garter blue velvet hood, and is made of deep green silk velvet with a white taffeta lining.
It appears that Anne was content to wear a sharp uniform for the occasion, and she recently acknowledged that her participation in the coronation eliminated any concerns she had about what to wear.
I have a role as the Colonel of the Blues and Royals in the Household Cavalry regiment as Gold Stick,” she said in a rare interview with CBC News that aired on Monday. The first close protection officer was Gold Stick. I was asked if I would like to play that role for this coronation, and I responded in the affirmative. Not the least of which is that it fixes my dress issue.
Prince Harry joined his family for the first time since his revelations about the royal family in his tell-all book, Spare, and he already appeared happy and at ease as he entered Westminster Abbey with Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie and their husbands.
The Duke of Sussex sat two rows behind his brother, the Prince of Wales, in the third row for the coronation of his father, the King.