Students from The Duke of York’s Royal Military School in Dover played a central part at a special service honouring the roles of Sir Winston Churchill and General Charles de Gaulle in the Second World War.
More than 30 pupils braved the wet weather in France to provide a guard of honour and a corps of drums for the unveiling of two statues in Park Richelieu on June 24 after the school was requested to attend the service by British Embassy officials in Paris.
The Rt Hon. Sir Nicholas Soames MP PC, Sir Winston’s grandson, took time to inspect the school’s guard of honour and commented on the exceptional quality of the corps of drums. He also spoke with great warmth and knowledge of the school, having visited in 2009 to act as Inspecting Officer for the drill competition parade, and present the Baroness Thatcher Sword of Honour.
Lady Soames and Lord Llewelyn, the British ambassador to France, were also among the senior dignitaries in attendance.
Alex Foreman, the school’s Principal, said: “We were honoured to provide a guard of honour and corps of drums to honour these two remarkable military figures. It was also very gratifying to hear Sir Nicholas’ comments about how our students went about carrying out their duties.”