'Letting us all down': Prince Harry flouts rules at important event

One serving member of the cavalry regiment said: 'Prince Harry is letting us all down.

And the question of whether Prince Harry had let down the nation, the military or himself was even debated by people in other countries.

Often praised for being rigorous about her royal obligations, the queen had delegated the Remembrance Sunday duty to Charles, 68, the next in line to the British throne. "There's no place for beards in the Queen's cavalry", the source claimed.

The Duchess of Cambridge, who concealed her baby bump in a double-buttoned black coat, paid her respects on Remembrance Sunday on the balcony with Sophie, the Countess of Wessex alongside her Majesty and Prince Phillip.

The 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.

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, aged 91 and 96 respectively, stood on a balcony at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as their son placed the Queen's wreath at the Cenotaph.

Harry's grandma, the Queen, is Colonel-in-Chief of the Blues and Royals, while the Colonel of the Regiment is Princess Anne, his aunt.

Meanwhile, bell ringers are being sought for 2018 to honour the 1,400 ringers who died in World War One.

It must be pointed out that Prince Harry retired from active service two years ago but today he attended the parade in the uniform of a senior Blues and Royals officer.

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.

Harry may have to keep donning the uniform for special occasions, but he doesn't have to comply with the strict regulations as he left military service in 2015.

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