PICTURES: Princess Anne takes salute at Marines base
Princess Anne was treated to an "exceptional" display of precision "square bashing" as the latest Royal Marines completed their training.
Her Royal Highness presented the coveted green berets to the 43 marines of Kings Squad 160 Troop, before taking the royal salute at their passing-out parade.
The princess, who is an honorary Rear Admiral in the Royal Navy, congratulated the men, the latest to graduate from the Commando Training Centre, at Lympstone.
She told the parade the ceremony was "just the beginning" of their service careers, and that from now on they would need to "think and act" for themselves.
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"I am really honoured to take part and help you celebrate overcoming the first and most difficult moment of your training – becoming fully trained marines," the Princess added.
Marine Rob Hughes, 19, from Newton Abbot, said it had been a "special moment".
Mne Hughes, who will now join 42 Commando at Bickleigh, said the troop were "chuffed" to have "pulled off" the complicated parade drills.
"We have been doing 12 hours a day so it is quite strenuous – some even call it the fifth Commando test."
The prestigious King's Badge was awarded to Mne Jon Brown, from Stanley, in County Durham, as the best all-round recruit.
He said: "I feel very proud – it was really special to have Her Royal Highness here and I think it upped our game."