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Prince William to wear Irish Guards uniform when he weds today

In an unexpected move, Prince William will wear the scarlet-coloured Irish Guards uniform when he walks down the aisle to marry Kate Middleton at 11am.

The Irish Guards wearing the uniform that Prince William will wear today.
The Irish Guards wearing the uniform that Prince William will wear today.
Image: Chris Ison/PA Wire/Press Association Images via PA Images

PRINCE WILLIAM WILL be resplendent in red today when he marries Kate Middleton.

There has been a lot of focus on his bride’s outfit, but not many have questioned what the groom will wear.

So, you might be interested to hear that instead of a traditional suit he will be wearing the Irish Guards uniform, as Sky News informs us this morning.

As he holds the honorary rank of colonel in the Irish Guards, he can walk down the aisle wearing its scarlet jacket.

He will also wear a gold and crimson sash, gold sword slings, a garter sash and star, a jubilee medal and Royal Air Force ‘wings’ – perhaps making him even more decorated than his soon-to-be wife.

The last major royal wedding to feature a groom marrying in red was Captain Mark Phillips, when he married Princess Anne in 1973.

As Prince William is a serving Flight Lieutenant in the RAF, it was expected that he would wear that outfit.

But like many other elements of this wedding, the Prince is doing it his way.

That said, the bride’s wedding ring follows royal tradition and was made from gold taken from the Clogau St David’s mine at Bontddu in North Wales.

The custom of using Welsh gold for royal brides began in 1923.

However, just like Kate’s dress, William’s outfit will remain somewhat of a surprise until he walks down the aisle – there were reports last night that he would wear the Royal Navy No 1 uniform.

But if you’d rather chew your toenails off than watch the royal wedding, then Time has the perfect article for you: five reasons to hate the royal wedding.

One of the main reasons? “The royal couple is a royal bore”.

Ouch.

Maybe the Prince’s scarlet jacket might help to change some people’s minds.

Read about the similarities – and differences – between today’s royal wedding and that of Prince William’s parents, 30 years ago>

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