On Friday, Prince William attended the Sovereign’s Parade at the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst o behalf of his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II. 

The 36-year-old Duke of of Cambridge presented several awards at the event, including the Sword Of Honour, the Overseas Sword and the Queen’s Medal. He was dressed in appropriate military attire, the same outfit he wore to his brother Prince Harry‘s wedding in May.

William served seven years in the military and is attending the Reviewing Officer in the Queen’s place.

The Sovereign’s Parade is held at the end of every year and is intended to celebrate officer cadets’ completion of the Commissioning Course.

William delivered a speech at the parade.


“It is almost 12 years ago to the day that I stood where you are,” he began. “I remember the deep sense of pride that came from passing out of one of the finest military academies in the world as well as wanting a short speech delivered so I could march off the parade square that little bit quicker!”

The Duke of Cambridge continued: “I also remember the acute sense of relief that I would no longer be getting thrashed at Sennybridge, or having to dig trenches for 5 days in Thetford!”

“For those of you commissioning, I can assure you that what you have achieved during your time here will live with you for the rest of your lives. The friendships forged will last a lifetime and you will have been fortunate enough to have shared experiences with people from many different backgrounds, countries, cultures and religions.”

Harry, the Duke of Sussex, attended last year’s parade. He graduated from the military academy in 2006. Kate Middleton also shared this adorable family photo on Monday.