Emily-Louise Gray from the Grosvenor Grammar School Detachment of the Army Cadet Force has been appointed to serve as Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet for the County Borough of Belfast.
Already a high achieving Cadet Lance Corporal with the school Detachment, Emily-Louise will now take on a largely ceremonial year-long role during which she will attend Mrs Fionnuala Jay-O'Boyle, CBE, Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant for the city, on major civic occasions. In recognition of the award she will be entitled to wear a special insignia on her uniform throughout her year in office.
In the Citation which accompanies the honour, Emily-Louise Gray is described as a young woman who ‘has demonstrated utmost dedication to her Detachment and Company, inspiring her peers and remaining the consummate role model to others, always leading from the front and encouraging others to achieve their full potential. Intelligent and articulate, Emily-Louise has a natural ability to enthuse all those around her.’
Her commitment to her school Detachment has seen Emily-Louise emerge as a particularly effective instructor in a wide range of Cadet activities, notably sport where her skills and standards both set her apart as a competing individual and make her an inspiration in team situations.
Hard working, adaptable and thoroughly reliable, her boundless energy extends beyond the Cadet movement and, in addition to her ACF activities, she makes time to play hockey and study music to a high level. Emily-Louise is already looking forward to a busy year ahead as restrictions lift.
She is pictured with her proud dad, John, and Mrs Fionnuala Jay-O'Boyle, CBE, Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant for the County Borough of Belfast, following the socially-distanced ceremony which marked the conferral of the prestigious award.