The meaning behind Princess Anne's military uniform she wore at the Queen's funeral

Princess Anne wore full navy uniform to the state funeral of The Queen despite her never giving active service

The meaning behind Princess Anne's military uniform she wore at the Queen's funeral
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Confusion has been sparked over how Princess Anne (opens in new tab) could wear full Navy uniform to the Queen's state funeral (opens in new tab) despite her never giving active service to the Royal Navy.

Unlike the other female members of the royal family at the Queen's state funeral, who were dressed head to toe in black (opens in new tab) as is customary for funerals, Princess Anne walked behind her mother's coffin in full Royal Navy ceremonial uniform.

As she took part in the sombre occasion, her 11 medals sat proudly on her chest, leading many royal fans to describe the Princess Royal as 'tough and dignified' across social media.

Despite the admiration for the Queen's only daughter, confusion over why Princess Anne was wearing a full Royal Navy uniform at the state funeral was sparked as fans realised she has never given active service to the Royal Navy - so how could she be in the uniform?