HRH the Duke of Cambridge, represented HM The Queen at the Sovereign’s Parade at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst today. 14 December 2018
Here we have exclusive photos from today in association with RMA Sandhurst. A special thanks goes to Mike Griffiths at @rmasandhurst for kindly sending them to us.
The Parade marked the completion of a year’s intensive training for the officer cadets of CC181. Also on Parade were the officer cadets from the junior & intermediate terms.
During the parade His Royal Highness presented the awards for the top performing cadets:
Sword of Honour (considered by the Commandant to be the best cadet of the intake).
International Sword of Honour (considered by the Commandant to be the best international cadet of the intake).
Queen’s Medal (for the best overall results in military, academic & practical studies).
International Award (for the international cadet with the best overall results in military, academic & practical studies)
In time honoured tradition, the parade concluded with the commissioning officer cadets marching off the parade square up the steps & through the grand entrance to Old College followed by the Academy Adjutant, Major of the Grenadier Guards riding Royal Blue.
HRH gave a speech:
He said: 'It is almost 12 years ago to the day that I stood where you are. I remember the deep sense of pride that came from passing out of one of the finest military academies in the world as well as wanting a short speech delivered so I could march off the parade square that little bit quicker!
'I also remember the acute sense of relief that I would no longer be getting thrashed at Sennybridge, or having to dig trenches for 5 days in Thetford!
'For those of you commissioning, I can assure you that what you have achieved during your time here will live with you for the rest of your lives. The friendships forged will last a lifetime & you will have been fortunate enough to have shared experiences with people from many different backgrounds, countries, cultures & religions. '
The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst is the home of the British Army Officer. Whether Regular, Reserve or a Professionally Qualified Officer, all will undertake their training here..
The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS) is where all officers in the British Army are trained to take on the responsibility of leading their fellow soldiers.
During training, all officer cadets learn to live by the academy’s motto:
‘Serve to Lead’.
Life at Sandhurst is challenging, stimulating &, above all, rewarding. The standard is exceptionally high, & not every officer cadet will make the grade – but those who do will leave Sandhurst knowing that they’ve excelled at one of the world’s toughest & most revered military training academies.
Below is a video of the Sovereign's Parade from 1962;
The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst
(c) Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2018