King Charles

First Officer Cadets swear oath of allegiance to the King

British Army Officer Cadets have become the first to swear an oath of allegiance to the King in more than 70 years.

Royal Military Academy Sandhurst saw 218 Officer Cadets swear their allegiance to the King as they embark on their Army careers.

Officer Cadets had previously passed out from Sandhurst with the honour of being awarded the Queen's Commission – after the recent proclamation of King Charles III as monarch this has now changed to the King's Commission.

The Officer Cadets will now undertake 44 weeks of training which will culminate in a passing out parade known as the Sovereign's Parade.

Known as the Attestation Ceremony, each Officer Cadet read aloud their promise to be loyal to the monarch, saying:

"I swear by almighty God that I will be faithful,

and bear true allegiance to his Majesty King Charles III, his heirs and successors,

and that I will as in duty bound, honestly and faithfully defend his Majesty,

his heirs and successors in person, crown and dignity, against all enemies,

and will observe and obey all orders of His Majesty,

his heirs and successors and the generals and officers set over me."