Royals

Princess Anne Attends Navy Passing Out Parade At Dartmouth

The Princess Royal took the salute at the ceremony hosted by Britannia Royal Naval College.

Her Royal Highness Princess Anne is visiting Britannia Royal Naval College to take the salute at a passing-out parade in Dartmouth.

The Princess Royal was invited to inspect the passing out classes during her visit.

The final parade of 2020 formed this year’s Lord High Admiral’s Division.

“All passing out parades are special, but Lord High Admiral’s Division is probably the most prestigious of the year and to have Her Royal Highness here was a great honour for all who took part,” Captain Roger Readwin ADC, Captain BRNC, said.

It is just the second time Royal Navy ratings have passed out at the historic college, having done so alongside officer recruits for the first time ever in August.

Usually, it is only officers who train at Britannia Royal Navy College and, traditionally, the Navy’s nine-week training course takes place at HMS Raleigh, Cornwall.

However, after a spike in interest in joining the Navy, an additional course was provided at Dartmouth.

For the first time, the classes included 10 newly-promoted Lieutenants who had completed the inaugural three-week Warrant Officers’ Commissioning Programme.

Lieutenant Wayne Thomas, 48, was one of the people who completed the course.

He said: “I feel extremely privileged to attend the Warrant Officer Commissioning Programme and to be one of the first Warrant Officer 1s to be promoted directly to Lieutenant.”

The Princess Royal holds a number of military titles in all three branches of the service, receiving promotions earlier this year for her 70th birthday.

She now holds the rank of General in the British Army, Air Chief Marshal in the Royal Air Force and Admiral in the Royal Navy.