What medals do the Royal Family wear? From Prince Harry's Afghanistan service to Andrew's time in Falklands War | The Sun

What medals do the Royal Family wear? From Prince Harry's Afghanistan service to Andrew's time in Falklands War | The Sun

THE medals being worn by the Royal Family were on full display during the Queen's ceremonial procession.

Each member of the royal family wearing the medals received them for different reasons, ranging from serving in Afghanistan to the Falklands war.


King Charles led his family in following his mother's procession on Wednesday, September 14, 2022.

He walked behind the Queen's coffin along with his siblings, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward, as well as Prince William and Prince Harry, who walked side by side.

Both Harry and Andrew wore morning suits rather than a military uniform, but still wore several medals each.

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WHAT MEDALS DO THE ROYAL FAMILY WEAR?

Senior royals' medals include those for for active service as well as for being members of a high-ranking order.

There were also medals awarded to members of the Royal Family by other countries on display as the family made the journey to Westminster Hall.

King Charles

King Charles wore the Garter Star, the most prestigious British order of chivalry, which he was awarded in 1958.

He also wore the Queen’s Service Order, which was awarded to him in New Zealand in 1983, throughout theproceedings.

The medal is used to recognise "valuable voluntary service to the community and faithful services to the Crown"

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He was also pictured wearing the Queen’s Coronation medal, which commemorates the year his mother became monarch in 1953, as well as medals to mark Her Majesty's Silver, Gold and Diamond Jubilees.


The Naval Long Service and Good Conduct Medal recognises the good conduct of armed forces personnel over a 15-year period.

His Canadian forces decoration was awarded in 2002 in recognition of his 32 years of service as Colonel In Chief of the Royal Canadian Regiment.

The New Zealand Commerative medal awarded in 1990 marks his relationship with the country.

Princess Anne


Princess Anne was also wearing the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal (Royal Navy) during the ceremonial procession for the Queen.

The Princess Royal displayed the Queen’s Service Order (QSO) (New Zealand), the Coronation Medal, the Silver Jubilee Medal, and the Golden Jubilee Medal, the Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Canadian Forces Decoration.

Her Order of St John medal marks her 30-year association with the St John's Ambulance.

Prince Andrew

The Duke of York's service during the Falklands War as a helicopter pilot is recognised with his South Atlantic Medal 1982 with Rosette.

He was also awarded the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal.

The Canadian Decoration was given to Andrew in 2001 and he will also wear the New Zealand Commemoration Medal, which he was awarded in 1990.

His Long Service and Good Conduct Medal with 2 Bars honours his service with the Royal Navy.

Prince Edward

The Earl of Wessex displayed the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee medal, Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee medal and Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal during the procession.

As well as his brothers, Edward wore his Canadian Forces Decoration, and New Zealand Commemorative medals.

Prince Harry

The Duke of Sussex was awarded the Afghanistan Operational Service Medal in 2008 for service in Helmand Province.

Harry served two tours of Afghanistan during 10 years in the British Army.

He also wore the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, awarded to mark The Queen's sixtieth year on the throne in 2012.

The medal was given to members of the armed forces, emergency services, prison service and members of the Royal Household.

Harry displayed his KCVO Neck Order, which is awarded as part of the Royal Victorian Order – a monarchical order of knighthood.

 The Queen knighted Harry in 2015 "for services to the sovereign".

Prince William

The prince wore the 2002 Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal and the 2012 Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal during the procession to Westminster Hall.

William also has a Garter star on display as he is a member of the Order of the Garter.

The Duke of Kent

The Queen's cousin wore the Garter Star, the Neck Order: Order of St. Michael and St. George, the UN Peace Keeping Medal (Cyprus), the King George Coronation Medal, the The Queen’s Coronation Medal, the Golden Jubilee Medal, the Silver Jubilee Medal and he Diamond Jubilee Medal.

He also displayed the Long Service Medal with 3 clasps, the Canadian Long Service Medal with two clasps and the Sierra Leone Independence and the Guyana Independence medals

The Duke of Gloucester

The duke, another of the Queen's cousins, wore his Garter Star
Neck Order: Order of St. John during the procession.

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And he also displayed the Coronation Medal, the Silver Jubilee Medal, the Golden Jubilee Medal and the Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Other medals of the duke's include the 1978 Solomon Islands Independence Medal, the Service medal of The Order of St John and the Badge of Honour, New Hebrides.


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