SNP leader Ian Blackford looked distinguished in a kilt and formal kilt jacket and waistcoat during Commons tributes to Prince Philip.

The SNP Westminster leader often wears a kilt to formal occasions and interpreted the order to MPs to wear “appropriate mourning dress”, “dark coat, suit or day dress” in his own fashion.

An SNP spokesperson said: “As SNP Westminster Leader Ian Blackford MP was proud to pay tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh, on behalf of the SNP and people across Scotland. The Royal Family, including Prince Philip and Prince Charles, are known for wearing Scotland’s national dress on formal occasions, which made this a particularly fitting tribute and mark of solemn respect.”

Blackford previously defended himself against complaints that he was not dressed appropriately at the Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph in Whitehall when he wore a black dinner jacket with a kilt at the annual commemoration.

At the time, he said: “Over the last few years I have gone to Remembrance Services and I have always worn a kilt – many people do. Soldiers went to war in a kilt.”

The Ross, Skye and Lochaber MP has since traded in the black dinner jacket for a charcoal grey tweed jacket and waistcoat which he wore with a black tie in the Commons chamber.

Blackford paid particular tribute to the Duke’s deep connection with Scotland which said came before and went beyond his royal title of the capital city.

He said: “It was a connection that stretched across his entire life – from childhood to old age."

Few MPs have chosen to wear a kilt in the Commons over the years. The late Scottish Tory MP Bill Walker wore a kilt in the chamber and in 2019 Neale Hanvey MP was sworn in as an MP wearing a kilt.

At the time the Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath MP was suspended from the SNP and has since defected to Alex Salmond’s Alba Party.