Princess Anne takes salute at Royal Naval College
Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal visited the Westcountry yesterday to watch cadets complete their training at Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC), Dartmouth.
Princess Anne, accompanied by her husband, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, was the guest of honour at the final passing-out parade of the year, joining the cadets' friends and family at college yesterday.
As the rain eased off and with the Royal Marine Band playing festive tunes, the Princess Royal was invited to inspect the cadets and take the salute during the march past.
The parade signified the end of 30 weeks' intensive training for the 67 officer cadets who can now enjoy Christmas with their families before embarking on the next stage of their Royal Navy careers. Among those passing-out were cadets from ten overseas nations.
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Captain Jerry Kyd, the commanding officer of BRNC, said: "We were very honoured to have Her Royal Highness visit us for our final parade of the year.
"These cadets have been given a thorough induction into the Royal Navy and worked hard to earn their place on the parade ground."
The cadets spent the last nine weeks of their training at sea. Some were assigned to HMS Illustrious, while others were on board the Fleet Flagship HMS Bulwark.
Both warships were involved in the Royal Navy's Cougar 12 deployment, working as part of the UK's Response Force Task Group, exercising with many other nations in the Mediterranean.
Captain Kyd added: "This was an excellent opportunity for the cadets to see at first hand the Royal Navy in operation, working in partnership with our allies."
The Princess Royal holds the rank of Rear Admiral as Chief Commandant for Women in the Royal Navy and has a special relationship with HMS Talent and HMS Albion.