Prince William dons military uniform to represent his grandmother the Queen at the Sovereign’s Parade at Sandhurst

  • The Duke of Cambridge attended the Sovereign Parade at Sandhurst today
  • Prince William graduated from the Royal Military Academy twelve years ago
  • Is representing his grandmother the Queen to present the Overseas Sword 

Prince William has returned to Sandhurst today in order to inspect the Sovereign’s Parade at the Royal Military Academy on behalf of his grandmother the Queen.

The Duke of Cambridge inspected the parade and presented awards including the Sword of Honour, the Overseas Sword and the Queen’s Medal.

The former graduate of Sandhurst, who served seven and a half years in the military, is attending the Reviewing Officer in place of the Queen.

William, 36, was dressed in full military regalia as he took part in the annual parade this morning. 

The uniform he was pictured in today is known as the Blues and Royals uniform and is what William wore to his brother Prince Harry’s wedding to Meghan in May.  

Prince William has returned to Sandhurst today in order to inspect the Sovereign’s Parade at the Royal Military Academy

The Duke of Cambridge is set to inspect the parade and present awards including the Sword of Honour, the Overseas Sword and the Queen’s Medal

The Sovereign Parade takes place at the end of each term and marks the passing out from Sandhurst of officer cadets who have completed the Commissioning Course.

This year, 169 officer cadets from the UK and 25 cadets from 19 other countries will partake in the parade which celebrates the completion of a year’s intensive training.

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William’s brother the Duke of Sussex attended the parade last year, eleven years after his own graduation from Sandhurst.

It was during Harry’s visit to Sandhurst that Kensington Palace announced the date and location of his wedding to the now Duchess of Sussex.

Following the parade, William gave a speech to members of the academy.

William appeared to be in good spirits as he inspected the cadets on parade at the academy 

One female cadet appeared slightly star struck as she was addressed by the duke on Friday

He said: ‘It is almost 12 years ago to the day that I stood where you are. I remember the deep sense of pride that came from passing out of one of the finest military academies in the world as well as wanting a short speech delivered so I could march off the parade square that little bit quicker! 

‘I also remember the acute sense of relief that I would no longer be getting thrashed at Sennybridge, or having to dig trenches for 5 days in Thetford!

‘For those of you commissioning, I can assure you that what you have achieved during your time here will live with you for the rest of your lives. The friendships forged will last a lifetime and you will have been fortunate enough to have shared experiences with people from many different backgrounds, countries, cultures and religions. ‘ 

William looked smart in full military regalia, the same uniform he was seen wearing at Harry and Meghan’s wedding in May

Prince William graduated from the Royal Military Academy twelve years ago

It comes as the Cambridges release their annual Christmas card on Friday.

William and Kate have opted for an autumnal photo with their children on a tree trunk for their greeting this year, following the more formal portrait of 2017.

With smiles all round, the Duchess of Cambridge cradles baby Louis – who is now almost eight months old – as she rests against a tree trunk in woodland at their Anmer Hall home in Norfolk with the Duke of Cambridge.

Three-year-old Charlotte stands on the trunk with her arms around her parents’ shoulders, while five-year-old George playfully holds on to his father as he stands one-legged in wellies on the trunk.

William and Kate chose an autumn picture taken by Matt Porteous. 

William’s engagement today comes as he and Kate release their annual Christmas card featuring their three children



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