Why did the princes not wear swords at the wedding?

#3
They did, their swords were hidden in the bride and maid of honour respectively.... oh you mean their actual ceremonial swords ermm don't have a clue.
 

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#5
Interesting that some of the crowd did. I did at mine.

Maybe because Liz made little Billy Colonel-in-chief of the Irish Guards right before the do, they didn't have time to get Wilkinson's to rattle him off a brand new sword. In my case, the RSM said, "We haven't got two identical swords that you can borrow and if you are getting married in MY regiment's Peace Time Uniform, you and the best man WILL wear identical cavalry sabres. I have spoken to the QM of the QOH: drive across to Detmold and collect. Return when you get back."

Can you imagine Billy being watched by 2 billion viewers and all the crusty old guards having heart attacks because, "he's wearing a BLIDDY SCOTS Guards sword! Where's the keys to the outrage bus?"
 
#7
Perhaps they had the option? If you had the option, why would you say "ok"? They're a nause to carry, and get in the way. Especially when walking down stairs.
 
#9
I don't know why Wills didn't but Harry said it would clatter against his Hitler Youth knife so left his at home.
 
#11
Defence cuts!
 
#14
I imagine that as a member of the royal family and as colonel in chief of a regiment, one would enjoy a certain degree of freedom with regard to dress formalities, that being the case, Wills and Harry probably decided that they would rather not limp up the aisle with 3 feet of steel strapped to their sides, especially whilst being scrutinised by about 2 billion people.

After all, modern dress swords are based upon the ones which were designed in the vast majority of cases to be wielded from horseback, making them somewhat clumsy and ungainly when on foot.
 
#15
Is there any particular reason why some of the royals wore swords but William and Harry didn't?
They were urgently needed in Afghanistan? The swords that is....
 
#17
swords are only worn on state occasions, willy not being the heir apparent downgrades the do !
 
#18
Because the Labour Minister for Brent and representative of the Cultural Unity Narcotics Team (****) protested due to ceremonial swords on telly being a promotion of knife crime.

innit.

DC
 
#19
Perhaps they had the option? If you had the option, why would you say "ok"? They're a nause to carry, and get in the way. Especially when walking down stairs.
A fair assesment as can be seen at the Princess Anne / Mark Phillips wedding...
princess-anne--a.jpg

He could have worn the smaller lighter swords used by Colonels in the Foot Guards unslung, carried in hand, similar to this image of the then Major General Commanding the Household Division, Major General W G Cubitt CB.
doe_householddivmem.jpg
The sword, if he does not already have his own, would be furnished by RHQ.
For Prince Harry as a captain in the Blues it would have been similar to Mark Phillips.
My guess is smudge67er was spot on.
 

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