By Royal Appointment

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  • Date: Thursday 7th March 2013
By Royal Appointment By Royal Appointment

Officer Cadets from Britannia Royal Naval College were introduced to His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales during his visit to the Royal Navy’s Flagship HMS Bulwark.

The Cadets are undertaking their initial fleet time on board and eight of them had the pleasure of meeting the Prince of Wales during his tour of the ship. The Prince, who is Patron of the Britannia Association took an interest in the Cadets from the College and was keen to know how they were adapting to life onboard ship.  He particularly enjoyed recounting his time at the College. 

Officer Cadet Jonathan Kenward said: “It was great to see that the Prince took a genuine interest in our training, and joked that it was much harder in his day,”

During his visit His Royal Highness presented Long Service and Good Conduct medals to two members of the Ship’s Company with the help of Officer Cadet Catherine Pease.  She said:  “Meeting Prince Charles was an honour and a privilege.  After presenting the two medals, he wished us all the best of luck for the future.”

A group of 42 Officer Cadets from BRNC’s Diamond and Artful Divisions are embarked on HMS Bulwark as part of their final phase of initial naval training.  The ship is currently conducting exercises off Plymouth. His Royal Highnesses’ visit was part of a tour of the South West.

Army Officer Captain Alex Lassoued, one of BRNC’s Divisional Training Officers, said:   “For most, it was the first time that they had met a member of the Royal Family and they were eager to make a good impression. After His Royal Highness had disembarked, it was clear that his visit had a very positive effect on the Ship’s Company and lifted the spirits of everyone involved”.

The Cadets now have a further five weeks on board learning the ropes before returning to the College for their passing out parade in May.

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