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Military dress for wedding royals

Key members of the royal family will turn out in military splendour as they attend the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

The Prince of Wales, the Duke of Edinburgh and the Duke of York, among other royals, will wear full military ceremonial dress to the service at Westminster Abbey, Clarence House said.

Charles will wear his most formal military uniform when his son ties the knot.

The Prince, who has held the title of Admiral of the Royal Navy since 2006, will wear his blue Royal Navy number one ceremonial dress, a spokesman confirmed.

The uniform will be embellished with a blue Order of the Garter sash, worn from his left shoulder to his right side.

He will also sport a number of military decorations and carry his Royal Naval sword.

To mark position in the Most Noble Order of the Garter, the Prince will also wear the Garter Star below a row of medals.

Charles automatically became a Knight of the Garter when he became Prince of Wales in 1958, but was not installed until June 1968, at Windsor Castle. The Most Noble Order of the Garter, founded by Edward III in 1348, is the senior British Order of Chivalry.

As well as the Garter Star, he will wear the Order of the Garter Thistle Star and the badge of the Order of the Bath, the Order of Merit.

The medals he will brandish include the Queen's Service Order (New Zealand) and the Coronation Medal - awarded in 1953 to commemorate the Queen's Coronation. He will also wear Silver and Gold Jubilee medals awarded for the Queen's time on the throne, a Canadian Forces Decoration and the New Zealand Commemorative Medal.

Other royals that will wear military dress include the Duke of Edinburgh, who will wear his Grenadier Guards uniform with a Garter sash. The uniform boasts a scarlet tunic with blue facings and dark blue trousers with a red stripe.

The Duke of York - Rear Admiral in the Royal Navy - will also sport a Garter sash, as will the Earl of Wessex, the Duke of Gloucester and the Duke of Kent, who will all be wearing their military dress.

Prince Michael of Kent and the Princess Royal's husband Admiral Laurence will also wear ceremonial military dress.

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