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A royal graduation for RAF College Cranwell Officers

Her Royal Highness talks to personnel.

Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal, was the Reviewing Officer for the Sovereign’s Review at RAF College Cranwell, on the 23rd September 2021. 

Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal arrived on the College Parade Square escorted by the Commandant of the RAF College to take the Royal Salute whilst a Spitfire and Hurricane from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, RAF Coningsby provided a fly past overhead.  After reviewing the graduating officers, Her Royal Highness presented the course prizes to the top performing cadets from the course.

Her Royal Highness talks to personnel with their parade swords.
Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal, reviewing the Parade.

"I am delighted to watch Modularised Initial Officer Training Course 6 and Commissioned Warrant Officer Course 23 graduate today, on what is my last parade as Commandant Cranwell.  The day has been extra special for the graduating officers, their families, and the Squadron staff with Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal in attendance.  I wish the newly graduated officers all the very best in their future Royal Air Force careers."

Air Commodore Suraya Marshall
Commandant of the RAF College

Her Royal Highness talks to personnel with their parade swords.

Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal, also presented the Annual Prizewinners Awards to top performing cadets who have completed Modular Initial Officer Training this year and the first recipient to receive 'The Jackie Moggridge Spitfire Award.'

"I have aspired to commission as an Engineering Officer since 2014 when I first joined the Royal Air Force.  Today marks the end of two years of hard work going through a Commissioning Degree Scheme at Royal Air Force Cosford and now Modular Initial Officer Training at Royal Air Force College Cranwell.  It is a hugely proud moment that I am fortunate enough to share with my family and friends.  A true honour, this special day is being reviewed by HRH, The Princess Royal."

Officer Cadet Mike Trokis
Graduate

Her Royal Highness stands on parade stage with personnel.
Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal on the Dias.

The Sovereigns Review comprised of Officer Cadets from Modular Initial Officer Training Course Number 6 and Commissioned Warrant Officers Course Number 23. 

Her Royal Highness talks to personnel with their parade swords.

The Parade concluded with a C130J Hercules fly past from 47 Squadron, RAF Brize Norton.  Musical accompaniment was provided by the Band of the Royal Air Force College, under the direction of Flight Lieutenant Chris I’Anson, Director of Music. 

"It is an honour to represent the Chief of the Air Staff at the graduation of No 6 Modular Initial Officer Training and No 23 Commissioned Warrant Officer courses. It is great to see a mix of experiences here today, with many starting out on their journey; amassing knowledge, skills and experience and others beginning a new phase of their careers.  As Director General of the Defence Safety Authority, I believe the level of diversity of thought that is represented at this graduation will ensure the Royal Air Force has the best leadership and culture to deal with the challenges of safely maintaining existing capabilities as well as bringing new capabilities into service."

Air Marshal Sue Gray
Director General Defence Safety Authority

Her Royal Highness stands on parade stage with personnel.

After the Parade, Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal, met with the graduating Officers.  In keeping with tradition, Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal, was then invited to plant a Cherry Blossom tree beside the College Parade Square. 

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