Army

Officer Cadets brave heatwave at the Sovereign's Parade

In a break with tradition, the parade took place early in the morning to avoid the heatwave impacting the cadets.

Over 200 Officer Cadets have been commissioned as Army Officers at the Sovereign's Parade at Sandhurst.

This parade marks the end of 44 weeks of intensive training and the start of their careers as Army Officers.

The sovereign's parade was moved to an earlier time to avoid the heatwave impacting on the Officer Cadets and guests.

Despite the earlier start time, temperatures rose above 30 degrees during the parade. 

Representing Her Majesty The Queen was the Chief of Army Staff of the Pakistan Army, General Qamar Javed Bajwa – who in doing so became the first Pakistani ever to be the Sovereign's representative.

Family and friends watched on as the commissioning cadets marched up the steps of Old College followed by the Adjutant on his horse – signalling the end of the parade and the end of the first chapter of the cadet's careers.