19 August 2017
On Friday 11th Aug 2017, Suffolk ACF were extremely lucky to take eight cadets and four Adult Instructors to the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, home of the British Army Officer, to assist in the Sovereign's Parade (a pass out parade for approximately 150 British Army Officers following 12 gruelling and tough months in training).
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 and is the result of many hours of hard work. It is the grandest day in the Sandhurst calendar as friends, family and VIPs gather before Old College Square to watch the Officer Cadets take part in their final challenge.
The Sovereign's representative for the parade was His Majesty King Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein of The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
During the ceremony, the Sword of Honour, the Overseas Sword and the Queen's Medal are awarded by the Sovereign's Representative to the top Officer Cadets. The parade traditionally ends with the Adjutant riding his horse up the steps of Old College as he follows the graduating Officer Cadets through the Grand Entrance.
After a formal lunch with friends, family and Regimental Officers, the day concludes in spectacular and celebratory fashion at the exclusive Commissioning Ball, where, at the stroke of midnight, the newly commissioned Second Lieutenants proudly display their rank insignia for the first time.