Cadet150 Reaches Crescendo With Royal Review

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The Cadet150 year of celebrations reaches a crescendo on Tuesday 6 July when five cadet bands and eight marching platoons parade down the Mall for an inspection by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. The royal review in Central London and Buckingham Palace garden party are the centrepiece of the cadet movement's 150th anniversary year and echo the centenary celebrations in July 1960 when Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh reviewed the cadet forces in the gardens of Buckingham Palace.

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It is a huge surprise and enormous honour to be asked to act as Parade Adjutant on this very special occasion. I am so fortunate to be in the cadets in the year that we are celebrating our 150th anniversary and would like to thank the Army Cadet Force for all the opportunities they have given me since I joined six years ago

The Cadet150 year of celebrations reaches a crescendo on Tuesday 6 July when five cadet bands and eight marching platoons parade down the Mall for an inspection by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. The royal review in Central London and Buckingham Palace garden party are the centrepiece of the cadet movement's 150th anniversary year and echo the centenary celebrations in July 1960 when Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh reviewed the cadet forces in the gardens of Buckingham Palace.

Over 1,500 cadets and adult volunteers will march down the Mall from Horse Guards Parade at 1.45pm, with His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales taking the salute as the parade passes Clarence House. At 2pm the famous Red Arrows will fly overhead down the Mall and over the roof of Buckingham Palace. A number of cadets will have the unique opportunity to fly with the Red Arrows during this special flypast.

The parade will comprise 5 cadet bands and 8 marching platoons from the Army Cadet Force, Sea Cadet Corps, Air Training Corps and Combined Cadet Force. Cadets have been training hard in units and detachments the length and breadth of the country for many months and will all come together on the day for this very special occasion.

After the parade, the cadets will join friends, family and VIP guests in the grounds of Buckingham Palace for a garden party in the presence of Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, The Earl of Wessex, The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and The Duke of Kent. Alongside members of The Royal Family, Andrew Robathan, Minister for Defence Personnel, Welfare and Veterans and Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton will attend the celebrations.

The garden party will start with a short ceremony performed by the cadet forces. The cadets will be called to attention by 18-year-old Army Cadet, Rachel Tresman, from Cranleigh in Surrey. Rachel said today:

“It is a huge surprise and enormous honour to be asked to act as Parade Adjutant on this very special occasion. I am so fortunate to be in the cadets in the year that we are celebrating our 150th anniversary and would like to thank the Army Cadet Force for all the opportunities they have given me since I joined six years ago”.

This occasion continues a remarkable year for Rachel during which she has been presented to HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh as a Cadet150 ambassador, and also been named winner of the prestigious Duke of Westminster Award, presented annually to the most outstanding cadet from across all four cadet forces. Later this month she will be undertaking a special expedition to South Africa as part of her award and plans to read medicine at university from this autumn.

To find out more about how the Army Cadet Force is celebrating its 150th anniversary, go to
Cadet 150.

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