It's more of an honory thing mate. Some of the medals are for active service for andrew in the falklands ect. but a lot of the medals are for them being honory members of different services both British and foriegn. To not wear these I think would be ignorant and make a mockery of the cause to which they payed tribute.What's with all the ribbons anyway? Certainly can't be because of any conflicts. Basket-weaving maybe?