Summary: HE Ambassador Jawad, Defence Attaché Haroon Naderi and First Secretary Naveed Noormal attended the 2018 Sovereign’s Parade at Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.
After the completion of the compulsorily Commissioning Course, the Sovereign’s Parade is the annual marking of the commissioning of current Officer Cadets from the at Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. It is considered the grandest day in the Sandhurst calendar as family, friends and VIPs gather at the Old College Parade Square of the academy.
To celebrate a year of intensive training and hard work for Afghan Officer Cadets Mudsser Milad Tarakhil and Melad Barmaki, HE Ambassador Jawad, Defence Attaché Haroon Naderi and First Secretary Naveed Noormal attended this year’s parade. There, they had the great pleasure of watching 238 Officer Cadets from the UK and 28 Officer Cadets from 19 overseas countries participate in their final Sandhurst military challenge.
General Sir Nick Carter attended the ceremony on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen, emphasising the great opportunities awaiting the commissioning Officer Cadets. “40 years ago, I, like you, stood at the threshold of a new and strange career. If I could exchange my rank, my pay and what material possessions I have, for your inexperience, your youth and above all, your future, I would quickly exchange places with any one of you on this parade today”, General Sir Nick Carter said.
During the ceremony, the Sovereign’s Representative presents awards to the top preforming UK and international Officer Cadets:
- Sword of Honour (considered by the Commandant to be the best cadet of the intake)
- International Sword of Honour (considered by the Commandant to be the best international cadet of the intake)
- Queen’s Medal (for the best overall results in military, academic and practical studies)
- International Award (for the international cadet with the best overall results in military, academic and practical studies)
The parade, in time honoured tradition, concluded with the commissioning Officer Cadets marching up the steps and through the grand entrance to Old College followed by the Academy Adjutant riding Royal Blue