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Posted at 12:09 PM ET, 04/29/2011

Prince William’s wedding uniform a tribute to Afghanistan

Prince William in his Irish Guard uniform (Reuters/Toby Melville)
Prince William chose a scarlet tunic of the Irish Guard for his wedding day uniform to honor the First Battalion, which is currently deployed in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Prince William has a senior honorary appointment as Colonel of the Irish Guard.

He has reportedly disappointed some of his Royal Air Force colleagues for not choosing their uniform, instead going with simple helicopter wings above his left breast to denote his role an officer in the RAF.

But the Royal Air Force got their moment at 1:30 p.m when the Britain Memorial Flight, which is present on British state occasions, flew through the skies.

A photo of the Irish Guards:

An official uniform inspection of the Irish Guards regiment is performed at Victoria barracks in Windsor on April 21. Irish Guards soldiers who have recently returned from Afghanistan are preparing for ceremonial duties as the Queens Guards ahead of the Royal Wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton. Prince William is the Colonel of the Irish Guards. (CARL DE SOUZA - AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

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