Historically, the Army Cadet Force have played a key role during the coronations of British Monarchs. The Army Cadets were involved in Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation and we are excited to again be invited to represent during the King’s Coronation.
Previously, Army Cadet detachments have received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. This is the highest award given to local volunteer groups in the UK to recognise outstanding work. This award was created in 2002 for the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation.
Our volunteers have specialised training through organisations including St John’s Ambulance, the British Canoe Union, Mountain Leader Training England, The Duke of Edinburgh's Award, the National Rifle Association and the Piping and Drumming Qualifications Board. This has led to recognition across the country as the Army Cadet Force volunteers often help those in need as a result of this training.
The Army Cadet Force’s invitation to the King’s Coronation is a testament to how our organisation works. All military defence-sponsored Cadet Forces will be represented and present at the Coronation, which is a huge honour.
34 cadets from the Combined Cadet Force from the Duke of York’s Military School will march alongside The Standards of The Royal British Legion and will perform in Parliament Square. The band will also play and escort the Standards over Westminster Bridge.
Each of the six sections of the Cadet Force will be represented at the coronation. A Senior Cadet from each respective Cadet Force will accompany the Royal British Legion Standards in Parliament Square. The sections represented include the Sea Cadet Corps, Royal Marines Cadets, Volunteer Cadet Corps, Combined Cadet Force, Air Training Corps and Army Cadet Force. both the Combined Cadet Force Band and Banner Bearers will be taking part in the Overnight Rehearsal and coronation itself.
Together, over 150 cadets and Cadet Force Adult Volunteers will be present in the stands by the Admiralty arch for the Procession for the new King. We will also be moving down the Mall to watch the flypast. Cadets will be involved throughout the whole ceremony, as we honour the King and proudly celebrate his step into becoming His Majesty.
If you would like the opportunity to be involved in these historic and memorable occasions as well as learning life skills, building friendships and taking part in fun activities and adventures; then why not join the Army Cadets!