Cadets and volunteers from A Company (The Royal Welsh) Dyfed & Glamorgan Army Cadet Force (ACF) have recently returned from an exciting trip to London, where they attended the Major General’s Review of the First Battalion Coldstream Guards’ Trooping of the Colour.
Two Cadet Force Adult Volunteers and 15 cadets assembled at Horse Guards Parade at Whitehall to watch the Battalion prepare for the parade, which is held annually on the second Saturday in June to honour Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday.
Major General B. J. Bathurst CBE (General Officer Commanding London District and Major General Commanding the Household Division) is the first to review the formal parade rehearsal. A week later, it is followed by the Colonel’s review, which takes place a week before final parade and inspection by Her Majesty the Queen.
Over 1,800 personnel take part in the Trooping of the Colour, including 400 musicians from the Massed Bands of the Household Division.
The cadets also visited local London sights including the Imperial War Museum to complement their ‘Military Knowledge’ subject studies for the APC (Army Proficiency Certificate) — a key part of the ACF training syllabus – and learned about the local regiments, actions and awards.
The trip was led and organised by Lieutenant Al Mountain, a Training Officer with A Company (The Royal Welsh), who would like to extend his thanks to Sergeant Kev Jury of 1st Battalion the Welsh Guards’ Recruitment Team, whose assistance enabled the cadets to witness this rare and spectacular event.
It also provided excellent insight into the traditions and customs of historical and current parades, especially for those cadets in attendance who foster a keen interest to join the Forces.
This is one example of the extraordinary and fun opportunities and experiences available to cadets in Wales. They equip them with the knowledge and personal skills to help them achieve in the classroom and beyond, while they have fun with friends.
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