The Duchess of Cornwall attends The Sovereign Parade on behalf of The Queen
Published 16 December 2016
The Duchess of Cornwall has represented The Queen at The Sovereign's Parade in Sandhurst.
The Sovereign's Parade is held at the end of each term and marks the passing out from Sandhurst of Officer Cadets who have completed the Commissioning Course.
The Duchess of Cornwall arrived and walked along the 'King's Walk', which was lined by Ghurkas.
On arrival at the dias, she was given a Royal Salute. Then, during the parade, The Duchess reviewed the Senior Cadets and presented The Overseas Award, The Queen's Medal (for academic achievement), The Overseas Sword and the Sword of Honour.
There were around 500 Cadets on the parade ground, including juniors and intermediates, and Her Royal Highness also gave a short speech at the event.
The parade ended with the Academy Adjutant Major Peter Middlemiss SG riding his horse named Coldstream up the steps of Old College.
The original Royal Military Academy (RMA) dates back to 1741 when it was established at Woolwich for the training of Artillery and Engineer officers.
Cavalry and Infantry officers were trained at the Royal Military College (RMC), which was founded in 1802 and then moved to Sandhurst in 1812.
The RMA and RMC merged after the Second World War to form the present establishment, the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS).
The new RMAS's first commissioning parade was held in 1948 in the presence of His Majesty King George VI, who decreed that the Parade would henceforth be known as The Sovereign's Parade.