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91-year-old vet to Prince Harry in best exchange ever: 'Where's your bloody tie?'

After 10 years in the army and a lifetime under the watchful public eye, you'd think Prince Harry might know a thing or two about formal occasions — and dressing for them.

We figure he had a good reason for showing up to an event honoring veterans on Thursday in England with no tie and a slightly unbuttoned shirt — gasp! Here's hoping that he didn't just forget it, and that instead, either:

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PORTSMOUTH, ENGLAND - JUNE 02: Prince Harry attends a reception for Normandy Veterans at Southwick House on June 2, 2016 in Portsmouth, England. The veterans, from across the armed forces, took part in the D-Day Landings and are attending the reception ahead of their annual pilgrimage to Normandy. (Photo by Chris Jackson - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

1. One of the queen's beloved dogs ate it.

2. The prince put off laundry day for way too long. You know how it is.

3. He was wearing a tie, but used it to lasso a small kitten stuck in a tree. What a hero!

The event was a reception for former U.K. soldiers who were present during the D-Day invasion on June 6, 1944.

Completely charming video from the event proves Harry's blue, open-neck shirt has already caused him some embarrassment. A D-Day veteran promptly called him out.

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PORTSMOUTH, ENGLAND - JUNE 02: Prince Harry greets Ivor Anderson as he attends a reception for Normandy Veterans at Southwick House on June 2, 2016 in Portsmouth, England. The veterans, from across the armed forces, took part in the D-Day Landings and are attending the reception ahead of their annual pilgrimage to Normandy. (Photo by Chris Jackson - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

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In the footage, Ivor Anderson, a 91-year-old who was a member of the 591 Para Squadron Royal Engineers, asks without reservation, “Where’s your bloody tie?”

"I was told not to wear a tie," Harry responds sheepishly, but with a laugh. "And then you all turn up wearing ties. I feel under-dressed."

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PORTSMOUTH, ENGLAND - JUNE 02: Prince Harry attends a reception for Normandy Veterans at Southwick House on June 2, 2016 in Portsmouth, England. The veterans, from across the armed forces, took part in the D-Day Landings and are attending the reception ahead of their annual pilgrimage to Normandy. (Photo by Chris Jackson - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Later, Anderson is heard saying, "I told him he should wear a bloody tie."

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But according to The Telegraph, the prince realized he was under-dressed well before any of the remarks began. When he arrived at the event, he apparently asked the founder of the D-Day Revisited charity, "Are they all wearing ties in there? I should have worn a tie. Oh well, it's too late now."

... So much for the laundry day excuse.

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