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RAF College Cranwell Graduation of the Queen's Squadron and Sovereign's Review

In the Royal Air Force College’s Centenary year, His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales was the Reviewing Officer for the Sovereign’s Review at Royal Air Force College Cranwell on Thursday 16 July 2020.

Prince Charles in RAF uniform with graduates at RAF College Cranwell

His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales arrived on the College Parade Square escorted by the Commandant of the Royal Air Force College to take the Royal Salute whilst one Typhoon, from 41 Squadron, RAF Coningsby provided a fly past overhead.  After reviewing the graduating officers, His Royal Highness presented the course prizes to the top performing cadets from each course.   The Queen’s Medal was also presented to the top performing cadet from all Initial Officer Training courses this year.

Image shows from left to right, Group Captain Training, HRH, The Prince of Wales, Chief of the Air Staff, Commandant RAF College Cranwell, Air Officer Commanding 22 Training Group.
Left to right, Group Captain Training, HRH The Prince of Wales, Chief of the Air Staff, Commandant RAF College Cranwell, Air Officer Commanding 22 Group.

The Sovereigns Review comprised of three Initial Officer Training Courses, Number 63, 64 and Specialist Officer Initial Training Course Number 3.  The Graduating officers were configured on the College Parade Square in accordance with Government guidelines.   Normally Family and Friends would be invited to watch the Ceremony but, on this occasion, they were unable to attend.

Image shows HRH, The Prince of Wales meeting Graduating Officers with the College Warrant Officer

The parade concluded with a spectacular fly past by the Red Arrows. Musical accompaniment was provided by the Band of the Royal Air Force College, under the direction of Flt Lt Chris I’Anson, Director of Music.

“We are immensely proud to have His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales as our Sovereign’s Parade Reviewing Officer. This day is all the more special as we celebrate the joint graduation of Initial Officer Training Courses Number 63, 64 and Specialist Officer Initial Training Course Number 3. The graduates have endured the most challenging of training periods, this is a truly unique occasion of which all participants can be justifiably proud.”

Air Commodore Suraya Marshall
Commandant of the Royal Air Force College

 

After the parade, His Royal Highness, met with the graduating officers on the Orange. In keeping with tradition, His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales was then invited to plant a Lime tree beside the College Parade Square.

Image shows HRH, The Prince of Wales, taking the salute

“Today, is a truly special day not just for me but my family and friends. My cohort and I have worked very hard to attain such a great achievement. I am eager to excel and excited to see what new experiences my role will provide. I am truly honoured and grateful for such a great opportunity. Congratulations to my fellow cadets”.

Flying Officer Deonte Jam

Image shows HRH, The Prince of Wales meeting Graduating Officers.

 

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