Published On: Tue, Nov 8th, 2022

Prince William could not wear outfit he wanted on wedding day – ‘just do as you’re told!’

According to MailOnline, Prince William noted that it was Her Majesty who had the final say in his final wedding clad – even though he had different ideas.

In the report, Prince William said: “I wanted to decide what to wear for the wedding. I was given a categorical: ‘No, you’ll wear this!'”

The Prince of Wales originally wanted to wear his Irish Guards frock coat, which he had worn during previous royal engagements.

However, he had been appointed Colonel of the regiment two months before the wedding, and, as such, Her Late Majesty wanted him to wear the red tunic.

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William continued: “So you don’t always get what you want, put it that way… But I knew perfectly well that it was for the best. That ‘no’ is a very good ‘no’. So you just do as you’re told!

“We had a couple of discussions on this matter but, as I learnt growing up, you don’t mess with your grandmother.”

The Prince’s wedding outfit was made of heat-absorbing material – a heavy woollen material – so that he didn’t faint in the abbey. William commissioned military tailors Kashket and Partners to make his scarlet Irish Guards colonel’s uniform – but they added sweat pads under the arms, material to absorb the heat.

They also reduced the padding after the royal groom expressed fears that the temperature in Westminster Abbey would make him sweat profusely, or even pass out.


Company chairman Russell Kashket told the Daily Mail: “He was very aware of the heat factor in the Abbey because he knew all the lights would make it very hot. 

“We worked together to get the look he wanted, while making sure he didn’t pass out in front of two billion people. We added micro sweat pads under the arms and used less padding.”

The uniform featured the Irish Guards’ distinctive arrangement of buttons in groups of four. It was made from scratch from pure wool melton, with real gold spun onto the material.

The gold-plated buttons were made using a hand press, and the collar was reinforced with buckram (a coarse linen cloth) to ensure it remained stiff. 

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The midnight-blue frock coat that William wore when driving from Buckingham Palace was made from the same type of wool.

Mr Kashket said: “You couldn’t see it, but the collar and cuffs are all hand-embroidered, like Kate’s dress – and just as detailed.”

The late Queen did not budge on William’s outfit, however, she was more lenient in other aspects of wedding planning.

For instance, she allowed William and Kate to draft their own guest list.

Prince William and Princess Kate married on April 29, 2011. William proposed to Kate the previous year in Kenya after being in an eight-year relationship.

Ahead of their nuptials, William explained he was “massively” protective of Kate, especially following the media interest in his late mother Princess Diana.

The royal said he wanted to give her the “chance to back out” which is why he didn’t rush his proposal.

Fast-forward 11 years and the couple, who are parents to three children, have become senior members of the Royal Family, supporting King Charles III and his wife Queen Camilla following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

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