More than 100 students who joined the Duke of York’s Royal Military School this academic year were presented with their all important uniform berets at a special ceremony attended by family and friends.
This time-honoured tradition takes place once Year 7 students have completed a period of parade training after joining the school in September. The beret is an essential part of each student’s ceremonial uniform worn on parade and special occasions. Students can also wear the cap badge of a family member who has served in the armed forces on their dress blues. It is called their ‘heart badge’ and is a poignant recognition of their family's military heritage.
The ceremony on Saturday (Oct 9) will have been the students’ first parade with berets presented by the school’s Executive Principal and Commandant Chris Russell and guest of honour from visiting military French exchange school, Adjudant Rachel Florentin, Lycee Militaire d’Aix-en-Provence.
Chris Russell said: “Receiving the beret signifies the start of a student’s career at the school which embraces our military ethos that helps develop character and life skills, with every student encouraged to discover their potential.”
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