Students at the Duke of York’s Royal Military School were honoured to be visited by HRH Prince Harry and the British Army’s Chief of the General Staff, General Sir Nicholas Carter during the same week.
Prince Harry was first to visit the school near Dover, Kent, (September 28). He reviewed the ceremonial parade, inspected the guard, and presented school medals to selected pupils. After the parade, he toured the school and attended an informal reception to meet staff and students. His Royal Highness is a popular role model among the 11 to 18-year-olds.
The school has a strong military ethos and is popular with parents serving in the Armed Forces. Therefore, it was a further honour when a few days later (October 1), students were on parade again to welcome General Sir Nicholas Carter who inspected the school and officially opened the school’s new buildings by unveiling a plaque. The teaching blocks are part of a £24.9 million new-build and refurbishment project.
Chris Russell, the school’s Executive Principal, said: “The visits by Prince Harry and General Sir Nicholas Carter meant a great deal to students as their military careers are an inspiration. Many of our students have parents serving overseas, and in conflicts previously experienced by our honoured visitors. Both occasions will be something students will treasure all of their lives.”
School medals presented by Prince Harry:
- Silver medal awarded to the Chief School Prefect and Band Junior Under Officer Matthew Riglar
- Bronze medals awarded to Senior Prefect and Junior Under Officer Jasmine Ashford; Senior Prefect and Junior Under Officer Steven Olayinka-Israel; School Prefect and the Senior Under Officer Pasangnema Sherpa
- Student RSM Pace Stick awarded to Jed Adkins
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