It was a very cold day, with some sleet first thing in the morning, and obviously we would not have been there without reason. My eldest son was Passing Out.
He has spent the last year working incredibly hard and he is now an Officer in Her Majesty's Armed Forces. We are both delighted and thrilled for him. He has worked with such determination and single mindedness towards this goal that I feel great pride in his success.
The day started at 9.00am in the Chapel with a simple, and moving service, we then had coffee, before sitting in the stands for over an hour and half, watching the most fantastic parade.
There was a delicious lunch provided for the new officers and their parents, with a much needed mulled wine before hand.
We then left, and later in the evening there was the Passing Out Ball, to which my son had invited his younger brother, his girlfriend and several old friends from school.
He is now home on leave, before his first posting in January.
I am just posting a few photos to give a sense of the occasion, if you look at the last photo you can see my sons walking together. The two previous photographs feature the Adjutant, on his horse, mounting the steps of Old College.