Prince William displays his military awards during parade in Jamaica (2022)

Prince William proudly donned his royal medals which reflect his decades of service in the royal family as he attended a military parade in Jamaica today.

The Duke of Cambridge, 39,attended at the inaugural Jamaica Defence Force Commissioning Parade earlier today alongside the Duchess, 40,on day six of his Caribbean tour.

He wore his white Tropical Dress of the Blues and Royals and proudly displayed his military medals in Kingston, while the Duchess looked glamourous in a white McQueen dress and Philip Treacy hat.

Prince William wore the 2002 Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal alongside the 2012 Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal, as well asa Garter star on display as he is a member of the Order of the Garter.

Prince William proudly donned his royal medals which reflect his decades of service in the royal family as he attended a military parade in Jamaica today

He wore his white Tropical Dress of the Blues and Royals and proudly displayed his military medals in Kingston, while the Duchess looked glamourous in a white McQueen dress and Philip Treacy hat

Among the medals on display from the Duke weremilitary awards given for Queen's 2002 Golden Jubilee and 2012 Diamond Jubilee.

The pieces were awarded to all military personnel serving at the time of the jubilees, depending on length of service.

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Medals have been awarded to mark royal jubilees since the Victorian period when the 50th anniversary of Queen Victoria's reign was commemorated in 1887 with a medal.

In recent decades, medals have been issued to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in 2012, Golden Jubilee in 2002 and Silver Jubilee in 1977.

The Duke was last seen wearing his full military awards when he attended Prince Philip's funeral service in April 2021

Medals will be awarded to living recipients of the Victoria and George Crosses and serving frontline members of the police, fire, emergency services, prison services and Armed Forces who have completed five years service on February 6, the start of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

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

He was awarded the honour in 2008 when he was just 25-years-old.

The Duke was last seen wearing his full military awards when he attended Prince Philip's funeral service in April 2021.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge ride in Jamaica a vintage Land Rover used by Queen Elizabeth II in 1966 and again in 1994, as they leave a commissioning parade in Kingston on the sixth day of their Caribbean tour

The Order of the Garter

Founded in 1348 by Edward III, the Garter is the senior British order of chivalry awarded by the sovereign for outstanding public service and achievement.

Originally it served the double purpose of bringing together the sovereign and 25 senior knights who were the country's military leaders as well as establishing a new fellowship in religious worship.

The patron saint of the Order is St George.

The Order's emblem is a blue ribbon or garter worn by men below the left knee and by women on the left arm.

The Garter - also incorporated in the Royal Coat of Arms - bears the famous legend "Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense" ("Shame on him who thinks this evil").

The motto could have referred to critics of Edward III's claim to the throne of France.

Modern scholars have cast doubt on the tradition that the order was inspired by a garter dropped by Joan, Countess of Salisbury, at a ball in Calais, which the King retrieved and wore on his leg.

Although 14th-century knights did wear ladies' favours when jousting, it seems more likely that the garter was a strap used to attach armour.

Other items of dress worn by modern Garter Knights include a blue velvet mantle or cloak with the badge of the order on the left shoulder, a vestigial hood of red velvet worn over the right shoulder, and a black velvet hat garnished with white feathers.

Every Knight or Lady of the Order is required to display a banner of his or her arms in St George's Chapel, Windsor, together with a helmet, crest and sword, and an enamelled stall-plate.

The modern pattern of the Garter ceremony dates from the order's 600th anniversary in 1948 when George VI revived formal installation of new Knights for the first time since 1805.

In 1987 the Queen opened the order to non-royal women and the first to be admitted was Lavina, Duchess of Norfolk in 1990.

If there are new Knights or Ladies of the Garter, the Queen formally invests them with Order's insignia in the Throne Room of Windsor Castle, followed by lunch in the Waterloo Chamber and the Garter procession to St George's Chapel.

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The Queen is sovereign of the order and a number of other British and foreign royals are additional knights of the order.

New appointments are announced on St George’s Day but the chivalric and installation ceremonies take place on the Monday of Royal Ascot week, known as Garter Day.

The total number of Garter Knights allowed is 24 and vacancies are created when current members pass away.

Recipients of the honour are chosen because they have held public office, contributed to national life or served the sovereign personally.

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The appointment of Knights of the Garter is in the Queen’s gift and is made without consulting ministers.

Other current members of the order include former prime minister Sir John Major, Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers, a past president of the Supreme Court, and Admiral Lord Boyce, a former head of the UK’s Armed Forces.

During the service hymns were sung and prayers said for the Order of the Garter.

Prince William today quoted Bob Marley as he spoke at a military parade in Jamaica on day six of his Caribbean tour with Kate Middleton, saying: 'You never know how strong you are, until being strong is your only choice.'

The couple attended at the inaugural Jamaica Defence Force Commissioning Parade on the island nation for service personnel who have completed the Caribbean Military Academy's officer training programme.

And William said: 'You are graduating today as officers into an uncertain world. In your service ahead you will have to contend with climatic, geological, criminal and wider state and non-state threats to our collective safety, security and prosperity.

'Being asked to lead men and women through uncertainty and danger is daunting. "You never know how strong you are, until being strong is your only choice". From here the onus is on you to grow into the leaders you have been taught about in textbooks, watched on your screens and witnessed in your instructors.'

William also quoted the Queen, continuing: 'Good leadership is hard to define, but it's easy to recognise in others. As Catherine and I visit Jamaica in celebration of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, I thought I might quote my grandmother on the subject.'

The Duke referred to her address to the United Nations General Assembly in 2010, in which she said: 'I know of no single formula for success, but over the years I have observed that some attributes of leadership are universal, and are often about finding ways of encouraging people to combine their efforts, their talents, their insights, their enthusiasm and their inspiration, to work together.'

Following today's parade, the Duke and Duchess travelled in the same open-top Land Rover that transported the Queen and Prince Philip in Jamaica in 1953 when they were greeted by thousands of cheering schoolchildren.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge travel in an open-top Land Rover in Kingston, Jamaica, today for the inaugural Commissioning Parade for service personnel, on what is day six of their tour of the Caribbean on behalf of the Queen

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Later this afternoon, the couple - whose children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis are at home in London - will fly to The Bahamas where they will be greeted by prime minister Philip Davis.

William and Kate have been visiting the Caribbean to mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, but the trip has faced controversy and reignited republican calls in Jamaica for independence.

Jamaican government insiders criticised William for failing to apologise for Britain's historic role in the slave trade – despite calling the evil practice an 'appalling atrocity' and a 'stain on our history' during an address last night.

Jubilee medals for Harry and Andrew... and even Meghan: ALL royals received gong to mark Queen's 75 years on the throne - even non-working ones stripped of their HRH titles

Prince Harry, Meghan and Prince Andrew were awarded special Platinum Jubilee medals by the Queen in February.

The commemorative medals were also presented to frontline staff at the police, fire and emergency services who have completed five years' service, as a token of thanks. Members of the royal household with one year of qualifying service will receive medals too.

But as with previous jubilees, the Queen paid privately for medals to be given to members of her 'wider' family, both working and non-working.

And this year the non-working number included Andrew, Harry and Meghan.

The Duke of York was forced to relinquish his remaining royal roles and stop using his HRH title last week as he faces his US sex case as a 'private citizen'.

Prince Andrew next to Harry and Meghan on the Buckingham Palace balcony in June 2019. Also pictured (front) are the Queen (left), James, Viscount Severn and Isla Philips (both right)

The Queen's Platinum Jubilee Medal being produced at Worcestershire Medal Service in Birmingham

Harry and Meghan, who acrimoniously quit as working royals and moved to the US in pursuit of lucrative commercial careers while repeatedly criticising the Royal Family, will also be awarded medals as a matter of course.

A royal source said in January: 'In common with previous jubilees, it is likely that wider members of the Royal Family would receive the Platinum Jubilee medal... they are funded privately and are commemorative.'

It is understood that Andrew, Harry and Meghan would be entitled to wear their medals with 'civilian dress' if they are invited to an event where the dress code says 'decorations'.

But the Queen was not able to award Harry and Meghan's medals in person.

Harry is threatening to seek a judicial review of a Home Office decision not to allow him to pay for police protection for him and his family while in Britain. Without this security, he feels unable to travel to the UK, an unnamed spokesman said.

The medals will also go to frontline prison and Armed Forces staff, as well as living individual recipients of the George and Victoria cross.

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FAQs

What did Prince William do in the military? ›

In total, he served seven and a half years of military service, beginning his time as an officer in the Blues and Royals Regiment before moving on to become a pilot, training at the Royal Air Force College. Once he qualified, the father of three become a full time pilot with the Search and Rescue Force.

What are William's medals for? ›

Prince William's medals

Prince William is a Royal Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter and a Knight of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle.

Why do the royals get military medals? ›

It is an annual tradition features a display of military skill and strength, with members of the Royal Family often taking part and observing.

Where did Prince William do his military training? ›

William joined the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst in early 2006 after deciding to pursue a military career, and was officially commissioned as a lieutenant.

What name did Prince William use in the military? ›

Like his brother, father, grandfather and generations of royals before them, Prince William had a distinguished military career. The Prince, known as Flight Lieutenant Wales in the Royal Air Force, served more than seven years of full-time service and flew 156 search-and-rescue missions as a helicopter pilot.

What is Prince William military rank? ›

Prince William holds the rank of Flight Lieutenant in the Royal Air Force. In April 2008, the Prince received his RAF wings from his father The Prince of Wales at RAF Cranwell after completing an intensive 12 week flying course.

Why does Prince William wear a military uniform? ›

Harry, the Duke of Sussex, served for 10 years in the army, including two tours in Afghanistan, and has been seen wearing military uniforms at previous public events. Prince William, was commissioned as a lieutenant in the army and served for five months as the leader of an armoured reconnaissance unit based in Dorset.

What military uniform does Prince William wear? ›

The Prince of Wales

William, Prince of Wales wore the Royal Air Force No 1 uniform with the Garter Sash with RAF Pilot Wings and the Garter Star Chest Order. He also wore the Gold, Diamond and Platinum Jubilee Medals.

Why do royals wear military uniforms? ›

Members of the royal family who are granted titles and duties on behalf of the crown are permitted to wear their military uniforms during ceremonial events, such as state funerals. For some who served in the military, such as newly coronated King Charles III, the uniform is a traditional choice.

Why do royals wear pearls? ›

The reason why pearls are a significant choice by royals as the mourning jewellery because it is considered to the symbol of grief. The tradition dates back to Queen Victoria's era. After her husband Prince Albert died in 1861, Queen Victoria ditched all colours and wore black for 40 years.

Why did the royals not wear military uniforms? ›

This resulted from Buckingham Palace's declaration that only members of the employed royal family would be permitted to wear military uniforms at Monday's state burial. They are forbidden from wearing military uniforms since two of the Queen's close relatives served in the military during a fight.

Why are medals important in the military? ›

Military medals are bestowed in recognition of specific acts or service which can vary in signifigance from routine duty to bravery and valour. Military medals are highly valued and are regarded as representing all that is best in the field of human endeavour.

Who will be the next queen? ›

Charles was named the new King of the United Kingdom and the 14 Commonwealth realms on September 8, 2022, after the death of Queen Elizabeth II. He is the eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. His wife, Camilla Parker Bowles, took on the title of Queen Consort after he became king.

What name will William take King? ›

As a future King, Prince William could opt to follow in his father and grandmother's footsteps and use his first name – which would make him King William V. As the school student told us, the very first King William was William the Conqueror in 1066. He was followed by his third son, King William II.

Is Prince William a soldier? ›

Prince William, was commissioned as a lieutenant in the army and served for five months as the leader of an armoured reconnaissance unit based in Dorset.

What did William have in his army? ›

William's army is said to have included not only Normans, but also men from Brittany, Aquitaine, France and Maine.

What is William full name? ›

What is the head of the army called? ›

General Mark A. Milley is the 20th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the nation's highest-ranking military officer, and the principal military advisor to the President, Secretary of Defense, and National Security Council.

Is a Duke higher than a prince? ›

Duke is a male title either of a monarch ruling over a duchy, or of a member of royalty, or nobility. As rulers, dukes are ranked below emperors, kings, grand princes, grand dukes, and sovereign princes. As royalty or nobility, they are ranked below princess nobility and grand dukes.

Can the Queen declare war? ›

"Years ago, the monarch certainly had broad powers, but now that's delegated to people who are elected," says Myko Clelland, Scotland-based royal historian with genealogy website MyHeritage. "A monarch today could declare war and peace, but that's happening on the advice of government."

Has Prince William done military service? ›

In 2011, William was made Duke of Cambridge preceding his marriage to Catherine Middleton. William became Duke of Cornwall and Duke of Rothesay following his father's accession to the throne on 8 September 2022.
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Does Queen Elizabeth have a military uniform? ›

During Princess Elizabeth's service in the Auxiliary Territorial Service she wore standard battle dress. For ceremonial occasions, such as The Queen's Birthday Parade, The Queen has worn full dress uniform.

Why does Prince William wear a wedding ring? ›

A St James's aide explained in 2011, "It was something the couple discussed, but Prince William isn't one for jewellery - he doesn't even wear a signet ring - and decided he didn't want to. "It really is just down to personal preference."

What medals did Prince William wear? ›

Prince William and Kate Middleton

William wore the star emblem with St. George's cross that indicates that he is a Knight of Most Noble Order of the Garter. William also wore the Queen's Golden Jubilee medal.

What shoes does Prince William wear? ›

We recently learned of his penchant for Italian brand Luca Faloni, he's a fan of Arthur Sleep shoes and he gets his morning suits from Gieves & Hawkes.

Does Prince William wear jewelry? ›

Prince William Doesn't Like Jewelry

"He's not one for jewelry," an insider told The Mirror shortly before the big day. "He's never worn any. He decided he didn't want to wear one now. It's all down to personal preference." Keep reading to see how and where the other Royals wear their rings.

Do royals wear military uniforms? ›

Only Working Royals to Wear Military Uniforms at Ceremonial Events for Queen Elizabeth. At events like the Service of Thanksgiving in Edinburgh and the State Funeral, only working royals will be wearing military uniforms—which means we won't see Prince Harry or Prince Andrew in their uniforms.

Do royals carry guns? ›

Met Police personal protection officers guarding the Queen, Prince Philip, Charles and William will continue to carry Glock pistols.

Why do royals sleep in separate beds? ›

As an old tradition dictates, royal couples never share the same bed or bedroom, allowing them to move freely while asleep. It allows them much needed alone time after hours of being in the limelight.

What did William have in his army? ›

William's army is said to have included not only Normans, but also men from Brittany, Aquitaine, France and Maine.

Has Prince William been in the army? ›

The Duke of Cambridge has completed more than seven years of full-time military service. While his charitable efforts benefit the forces and veteran communities, the Duke of Cambridge also has seven-and-a-half years of full-time UK military service.

Is Prince William a fighter pilot? ›

William is a skilled pilot, completing his Royal Air Force training in 2010 and later going on to serve as a search and rescue pilot for years, often flying in harsh weather conditions. He then went on to work as an air ambulance pilot.

Did Prince William and Prince Harry serve in the military? ›

Prince Harry and Prince William served overseas while in the military, even though they departed from royal life. Harry served two tours in Afghanistan before being promoted to captain in 2011. Andrew served as a helicopter pilot in the Falkland Islands War.

How did William prepare his army? ›

William took seven months to prepare his invasion force, using some 600 transport ships to carry around 7,000 men (including 2,000-3,000 cavalry) across the Channel. On 28 September 1066, with a favourable wind, William landed unopposed at Pevensey and, within a few days, raised fortifications at Hastings.

Will William wear his military uniform? ›

London — Queen Elizabeth II's eight grandchildren will stand vigil by her coffin in London's Westminster Hall on Saturday evening, Kensington Palace announced Friday. At the request of King Charles III, both William, Prince of Wales, and his brother Harry, Duke of Sussex, will wear military uniforms.

How much soldiers did William have? ›

William assembled a force of 4,000–7,000, composed of archers and crossbowmen, heavy infantry, and knights on horseback, on the Continent before sailing for England. Harold's army numbered about 7,000 men, many of whom were half-armed untrained peasants.

Why does Prince William wear a military uniform? ›

Harry, the Duke of Sussex, served for 10 years in the army, including two tours in Afghanistan, and has been seen wearing military uniforms at previous public events. Prince William, was commissioned as a lieutenant in the army and served for five months as the leader of an armoured reconnaissance unit based in Dorset.

What military uniform does Prince William wear? ›

The Prince of Wales

William, Prince of Wales wore the Royal Air Force No 1 uniform with the Garter Sash with RAF Pilot Wings and the Garter Star Chest Order. He also wore the Gold, Diamond and Platinum Jubilee Medals.

What will William be called when King? ›

As a future King, Prince William could opt to follow in his father and grandmother's footsteps and use his first name – which would make him King William V. As the school student told us, the very first King William was William the Conqueror in 1066. He was followed by his third son, King William II.

Does Prince William have a private jet? ›

The royal family uses the RAF VIP Voyager jet to travel around the world in an official capacity. The specially designed plane is available to the royal family and British government officials. While off-duty, members of the royal family have been known to use both private planes and budget airlines.

Does Prince William ride a motorcycle? ›

Prince William

The Duke of Cambridge's love of bikes, along with that of his brother (below), is well documented, even though he's had to curtail his adventures in more recent years due to both his responsibilities as a dad and his order of succession to the throne.

Can Prince William fly a helicopter? ›

Prince William previously worked as an air ambulance helicopter pilot after serving as an Royal Air Force Search and Rescue pilot. It's believed that he continues flying to rack up hours in the air in order to keep his pilot license.

Is Prince Harry still a soldier? ›

Harry completed two tours of Afghanistan, achieved the rank of captain in 2011 and qualified as an Apache Aircraft commander. He was known in the military as Captain Harry Wales and retired from the Army in 2015.

Did Harry wear uniform at funeral? ›

Prince Harry did not wear his military uniform for his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth's, funeral service. His father, King Charles, and older brother, Prince William, were both seen in their uniforms.

Do the Royals have to serve in the military? ›

It is a tradition of very long standing that the Sovereign, and members of the Royal Family, are intimately associated with the Armed Forces and have been proud to serve in all three services.

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