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Prince Harry is commissioned from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst

Published 12 April 2006

Prince Harry today was commissioned as an Army Officer, having completed 44 weeks of training as an Officer Cadet at RMA Sandhurst.

Officer Cadet Wales, as he was known at Sandhurst, was one of 220 cadets passing out at the Sovereign’s Parade taken by Her Majesty The Queen, who was accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh. The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall and Prince William in his capacity as an Officer Cadet in the Junior Intake, also attended the parade.

Prince Harry will now join the Household Cavalry with the aim of becoming an Armoured Reconnaissance Troop Leader. Harry has joined the Blues and Royals, one of the two regiments within the Household Cavalry, as a Second Lieutenant – in the Blues and Royals this rank is referred to as a Cornet.

Following a short break, in May Prince Harry will begin the next phase of his Army training. He will first spend a brief amount of time with his Regiment at Windsor before moving to a specialist training course at Bovington Camp in Dorset. The course at Bovington is run for all officers aiming to become Armoured Reconnaissance Troop Leaders.

At Bovington, Prince Harry will be instructed in signals, driving and maintenance, as well as in general gunnery training. He will spend approximately five months at Bovington.

Prince Harry will then rejoin his Regiment in Windsor where he will be responsible for a troop of 11 soldiers and four Scimitar reconnaissance vehicles.