It was a Sovereign’s Parade like none other for Commissioning course No.222.
Not only was it the 200th anniversary of the Academy’s Commissioning Parade, but it also included the 40,000th Officer Cadet to pass out from the academy since 1947 when Sandhurst took the title of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst; before that it had operated under different titles since its inception back in 1801.
However, more importantly the parade combined with a presentation by his Majesty the King of new colours for the academy bearing the new cypher of HM King Charles III.
They represented the first set of military colours to be presented to the British Army bearing the new Sovereigns CRIII cypher.
At the presentation King Charles said he “spoke as a father of two alumni of the academy” and knew the “immense pride” the families in attendance would be feeling.
The King told the cadets:
“It is the lifelong friendships which are forged through shared hardship, and the humour you find in the darkest hours of the coldest, wettest nights, which remain with you.”
The King said he was proud of the role the British Army played in supporting Ukraine and its support for the government’s response during the pandemic.
He wished the new officers success for the future.
177 Officer cadets of the Senior Division including 26 international cadets form 15 countries passed out to become commissioned officers in either the British Army or their own country’s military; however, they would need to wait a few more hours until they could officially call themselves officers as this takes place and is celebrated at the stroke of midnight during their commissioning ball.