Sunday, 18 December 2011

Sandhurst - The Sovereign's Parade.

On Friday, I and my family attended the Sovereign's Parade at The Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst.

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.


  1. Congratulations to your son. Looks like it was a wonderful day. You must be very proud. xx

  2. Fantastic day for you. Awesome photos, takes your breath away to see all those young people, doing some good for a change.

  3. Many congratulations to your son and to you - looks as though you had a fabulous day despite the cold weather. You must certainly be very proud and justifiably so.

  4. Many Congratulations Jude!!
    What a proud moment. All of the best to your dear son!
    - Irina

  5. What a proud moment for you.Congratulations .