Prince Harry breaks military rules by wearing a BEARD while on duty at the Cenotaph in army uniform
Prince Harry pictured with with prominent ginger facial hair at the Cenotaph
A serving member of elite cavalry said Prince Harry has ‘let us all down’
He left the Army in 2015, aged 31, after he was commissioned as a Cornet
He would normally be expected to abide by military regulations when in uniform
Prince Harry has broken military rules by wearing a beard while on official duty in a British Army uniform.
The 33-year-old retired from active service two years ago, but on Remembrance Sunday appeared with prominent ginger facial hair at the Cenotaph in London as a senior Blues and Royals officer.
A serving member in the elite cavalry regiment said: ‘Prince Harry is letting us all down. There’s no place for beards in the Queen’s cavalry. He should have shaved it off for such an important day.’
British Army rules forbid all beards, except in a few rare circumstances, such as when a soldier is suffering from a skin complaint, or has strong religious reasons for retaining facial hair.
Prince William and Prince Andrew both appeared at the Remembrance Sunday service clean shaven, yet Prince Harry had a beard when paying his respects at the Cenotaph service in London.
Sikhs are not allowed to cut their own hair, and can thus retain their beards while in uniform, for example.
Special Forces or others on covert operations are also permitted to grow beards when behind enemy lines, but they would not wear them on parade.
There is also a tradition that allows a very small number of Pioneer Sergeants to wear a beard when on official duty, but members of the Queen’s personal guard have never been allowed to do so.
The Queen, Harry’s grandmother, is Colonel-in-Chief of the Blues and Royals, while the Colonel of the Regiment is Princess Anne, his aunt.
It is one of the two cavalry regiments of the Household Cavalry – the other is the Life Guards – and can trace its history back to Oliver Cromwell’s New Model Army of the 17th Century.
Throughout the centuries, officers have been known for their clean-cut appearances, although some occasionally grew moustaches and connected side-whiskers, especially when serving in Muslim countries.
The Royal Navy – in which Harry’s father, Prince Charles, served – has always been allowed beards, but officers are told to shave them off it they are not full enough.
Prince Harry left the Army in 2015, aged 31, after being commissioned as a Cornet, the equivalent of Second Lieutenant in the Blues and Royals, which after the Life Guards is the second most senior regiment in Britain.
Harry now concentrates on charity work and other Royal duties, but would normally be expected to abide by military regulations when in uniform.
MailOnline has contacted the Ministry of Defence for comment.
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