The Countess of Wessex takes salute at The Sovereign's Parade

Published 16 December 2019


The Countess of Wessex visited The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, representing The Queen at The Sovereign’s Parade. The Parade takes place three times a year, to mark the end of training for Army Officers. 

The Sovereign’s Parade is a special day for Officer Cadets.  The Countess watched as 242 Officer Cadets 'passed out', after completing 44 weeks of training.

The Countess inspected the Parade made up of 690 cadets including 71 women. There are three intakes over the course of the year at Sandhurst and all training Officers take part in The Parade.

Her Royal Highness was joined at The Parade by His Majesty the Yang di – Pertuan Agong and Her Majesty Raja Permaisuri Agong of Malaysia.

The Royal Family has long supported The Armed Forces. His Majesty King George VI, watched the first Commissioning parade in July 1948.

The Countess of Wessex hold a number of military appointments. She is Royal Colonel of 5th Battalion The Rifles, Colonel-in-Chief of the Corps of Army Music and of Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps.