Royal Salute

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  • Date: Wednesday 9th January 2013
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Friends and families of the latest Cadets to complete training gathered at Britannia Royal Naval College to see their loved ones take part in the Passing-out Parade attended by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal in December.

The Princess Royal, accompanied by her husband, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, was invited to inspect the Cadets and take the salute during the march past as the rain eased off and the Royal Marine Band played some festive tunes. The parade signified the end of 30 weeks intensive training for the 67 Officer Cadets including Cadets from 10 overseas nations. 

Captain Jerry Kyd, the Commanding Officer of BRNC, said:  “We were very honoured to have Her Royal Highness visit us for our final parade of the year.  These Cadets have been given a thorough induction into the Royal Navy and worked hard to earn their place on the parade ground.  They spent the last nine weeks of their training at sea.  Some were assigned to HMS Illustrious, while others were on board the Fleet Flagship HMS Bulwark.  Both warships were involved in the Royal Navy’s Cougar 12 deployment working as part of the UK’s Response Force Task Group, exercising with a multitude of other nations in the Mediterranean.  This was an excellent opportunity for the Cadets to see at first hand the Royal Navy in operation, working in partnership with our allies.”

The Princess Royal has a long association with the Royal Navy. She holds the rank of Rear Admiral as Chief Commandant for Women in the Royal Navy and has special relationships with HM Ships Talent and Albion.  The Princess Royal is also Commodore-in-Chief for Portsmouth and last attended a parade at BRNC in 2002, when she represented Her Majesty The Queen at Lord High Admiral’s Divisions.

In total 237 BRNC staff and Cadets at varying stages of their training were on parade with music provided by the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Plymouth.

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