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Officers graduate in front of Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Jamaica

Prince William inspected the new officers, wearing the uniform of the British Army's Blues and Royals.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have attended the inaugural commissioning parade for dozens of officer cadets, as the royal couple's tour of Jamaica drew to a close.

On a windswept parade ground, Prince William took the salute of 77 young men and women from Jamaica, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Guyana, St Kitts and Nevis, Suriname and Uganda who graduated from the Caribbean Military Academy's Initial Officer Training Programme.

The duke inspected the new officers, wearing the uniform of the British Army's Blues and Royals.

Giving a speech at the event, the Duke of Cambridge told the new officers: "I know very well from my own time at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst what a formative experience this year will have been.

"Let me also pay tribute today to the instructors and staff here at the Caribbean Military Academy for running this Initial Officer Training Programme," Prince William continued.

"Putting on this international course for the first time was never going to be easy.

"And then you had to deliver it in the middle of a global pandemic.

"You should all be incredibly proud of your achievement, and of the young officers turned out so smartly in front of us today.

"I know how pleased the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst is to have helped you establish this course, and it's great to see the Commandant here today.

"Your collective collaboration and success is a testament to the continuing excellent defence relationship between Jamaica and the United Kingdom," the Duke added.