Grand Day at the Duke of York’s Royal Military School saw over 500 students in full ceremonial uniform parade after an inspection by guest of honour HRH The Princess Royal. DOYRMS is immensely proud of its continued relationship with the Royal Family, particularly on this platinum Jubilee year, in which we celebrate 70 years of HM the Queen’s service to the nation.
The Dover School’s impressive military band and corps of drums led Trooping the Colour which followed the inspection. Founded in 1803, the School is the only one in England and Wales to enjoy the Royal privilege of holding colours, first granted and presented in 1825 by King George IV. 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.
The School’s 150-acre countryside site was also the background for a superb display of vintage military transport which included a Hawker Hurricane, Sherman BARV, M10 Achilles, and Staghound T17E armoured car. Accompanying the inspection by HRH was a spectacular flyover by TA805 Spitfire.
Alex Foreman, the School’s Principal, said: “While the last year has been challenging, the resilience of our staff and students has shone through. Grand Day is an opportunity to celebrate the extraordinary achievement of our Dukies, as well as the unique military heritage which drives our ambition to provide an all-round education with an academic focus. The entire event is led by students who epitomise our core values of courage, integrity, respect, commitment, loyalty and self-discipline. It was a very proud day to be a member of the Dukie family.”
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