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Prince Edward visits DOYRMS for Grand Day

Duke of York's Royal Military School parades in full ceremonial uniform for royal visitor

Posted by Stephanie Broad | July 11, 2016 | School life

The Duke of York’s Royal Military School in Dover had its second Royal guest in a year as Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, attended Grand Day celebrations on 1 July. It follows a surprise visit by his relative Prince Harry last year.

Founded in 1803, the Duke of York’s Royal Military School is the only school in England 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 and at one other UK school, the Queen Victoria School in Dunblane, Scotland. 

The Duke, who is Patron of the school and last visited in 2011, was Inspecting Officer for the ceremony, in which the whole school paraded in full ceremonial uniform, accompanied by the school band. Most of the pupils 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.

Prince Edward inspects the students

Also attending was the Belgian ambassador, Guy Trouveroy, who presented students with school prizes in a ceremony in the Nye Hall Performing Arts Centre. Reflecting on the UK and Belgium’s shared history and friendship, he told students: “Many of you come from around the world and many of you will go out into the world. Keep your eyes and hearts open. It’s a global world and we have to co-operate with each other.”

In his end-of-year address, executive principal Chris Russell remembered the many former students who had lost their lives in the Battle of the Somme 100 years ago. Looking to the future, he said: “This school is also about developing the individual student in the wider sense to become leaders in whatever part of society they eventually choose. Our school is very much about the individual and preparing them for their journey and pathway through life, developing character and resilience.”

Students on parade

Geoff Soar, chair of governors, thanked Chris Russell, who retires this year, for the “huge strides” the school had made under his leadership, including major new facilities and initiatives to raise the profile of the school.

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