Army

US Army Chief Represents Queen At Sovereign's Parade

General Mark A. Milley represented the Queen as he watched on at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

The head of the United States Army has represented Her Majesty The Queen at the Sovereign’s Parade at Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

General Mark Milley has recently been nominated by US President Donald Trump to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

For a third of the personnel on the parade square on Friday, it was the final time they would march at Sandhurst as cadets.

The day began with a Commissioning Service in the Academy’s Royal Memorial Chapel for the senior term officer cadets and their parents.

Sovereign Parade in the sunshine.
For a third of the personnel on the parade square on Friday, it was the final time they would march at Sandhurst as cadets.

Gen Milley watched 185 officer cadets parade - 165 from the UK and 20 from 12 overseas countries.

It takes 44 weeks to complete the commissioning course at Sandhurst.

British officer cadets officially commissioned as officers in the British Army at midnight on Saturday and those from overseas will return to their respective countries' militaries.

Officer Cadet James Cook, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, said:

"You work very hard to get here for a whole year.

"My Dad's a soldier as well; I don't think he expected to be stood here watching me going around this parade square. I hope I did him proud, you never really know.

"It's good - the feeling of relief as you go up the steps - it's the last time you're going to do this, hours of rehearsals the last few weeks. It's good."

 

Sovereign Parade.
Gen Milley watched 185 officer cadets parade.

For Officer Cadet Rory Archibald, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, the effort was all worth it:

"Tough [last few weeks] but at the same time, we've learnt so much so we've all grown massively so we really appreciate everything we've had."

Last year, Sandhurst graduate the Duke of Cambridge represented the Queen as Reviewing Officer for the first time at the Sovereign’s Parade.

Prince William inspected the parade and presented awards including the Sword of Honour, the Overseas Sword and the Queen's Medal.