More than 500 students at the Duke of York’s Royal Military School paraded in full ceremonial uniform and were inspected by guest of honour Reviewing Officer, Lieutenant General James Bashall CBE at the annual Grand Day on Friday (July 7).
Founded in 1803, the Duke of York’s Royal Military School, Dover, is the only school in England and Wales to enjoy the Royal privilege of holding colours (granted in 1824 by King George IV) and marching the colours through the ranks. This only happens in infantry regiments.
About 3,000 parents and guests attended Grand Day which includes prize giving followed by the parade, led by the school’s impressive military band, which commemorates the school’s heritage and traditions. Many of the pupils aged 11 to 18 have family in the armed forces and, as a personal touch, wear the cap badge of their parents’ or family member’s Service, Corps or Regiment over their hearts.
On display were a superb range of vintage military transport such as jeeps, tanks, and aircraft. During the event, the blue sky about the school’s 150-acre countryside site was the background for a Spitfire fly-past and jumps by the Tigers Parachute Display Team.
Alex Foreman, the school’s Principal, said: “This was my first Grand Day and I was extremely impressed by the high achievements of our prize winners as well as the Trooping of the Colours and excellent ceremonial parade by the whole school which is a perfect example of the leadership, character, respect and self discipline attributes we nurture in our students.”
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