Prince Harry to Attend the Sovereign’s Parade

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PRINCE HARRY WILL ATTEND THE SOVEREIGN’S PARADE AT THE ROYAL MILITARY ACADEMY SANDHURST

Sandhurst Military Academy

Friday 15th December, 2017

Prince Harry will represent Her Majesty The Queen as the Reviewing Officer at the Sovereign’s Parade on Friday 15th December. His Royal Highness will inspect the Parade and present awards including the Sword of Honour, the Overseas Sword and The Queen’s Medal.

Prior to the inspection, Prince Harry will attend the commissioning service in the Royal Memorial Chapel.

The Sovereign’s Parade at the end of each term marks the passing out from Sandhurst of Officer Cadets who have completed the Commissioning Course. The Parade will mark the completion of a year’s intensive training for 162 officer cadets from the UK and 25 from 20 overseas countries.

Until WW2 the passing out of the parade at the Royal Military College was known as ‘Inspection Day’, later changed to ‘Dukes day’ after The Duke of Cambridge, Commander in Chief of the Army and who carried out the ‘inspection’. The first Commissioning parade of the new Royal Military Academy Sandhurst was held in July 1948 in the presence of His Majesty King George VI, who decreed henceforth that the Parade was to be known as The Sovereign’s Parade.

The original Royal Military Academy (RMA) was established at Woolwich for the training of Artillery and Engineer officers in 1741. Cavalry and Infantry officers were trained at the Royal Military College (RMC), which was founded in 1802 and moved to Sandhurst in 1812. The RMA and RMC merged after WW2 and formed the current establishment – the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS).

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