Photos: Prince William and Kate Attend Spectacular Parade On Jamaica Royal Tour

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Photos: Prince William and Kate Attend Spectacular Parade On Jamaica Royal Tour

Duke and Duchess of
Cambridge attended a military parade on the final day of their tour
of Jamaica. William and Kate were guests of honour at the Commissioning Parade
for service personnel who have recently completed the Caribbean Military
Academy’s Officer Training Programme.

The Duke acted as Reviewing
Officer for the parade, which saw seventy-nine officer cadets involved from
across the Caribbean, including from Jamaica, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados,
and Guyana St Kitts. William and Kate made their way to the parade ground,
where the future King received the royal salute before inspecting the parade.

Photos: Prince William and Kate Attend Spectacular Parade On Jamaica Royal Tour

Kate looked typically elegant
in a white lace dress by Alexander McQueen and a matching hat by Philip Treacy.

Photos: Prince William and Kate Attend Spectacular Parade On Jamaica Royal Tour

The Duke wore his No 1
Tropical uniform.

Photos: Prince William and Kate Attend Spectacular Parade On Jamaica Royal Tour

William delivered a speech
after the marches concluded, saying: “Governor-General, Prime Minister, Chief
of Defence Staff of the Jamaica Defence Force, Excellencies, Ladies and
Gentlemen, good morning.

“I am honoured to be here
representing Her Majesty The Queen at the Caribbean Military
Academy’s first Commissioning Parade for the Initial Officer Training
Programme. Congratulations to everyone on parade today.

“I have stood to
attention myself on many parades as you do now, proud of my accomplishments,
yet also hoping that the Reviewing Officer keeps the speech short. This is all
the more important today as we bask in the glorious Jamaican sunshine!

“You all stand before me
as seventy-seven officer cadets: from Jamaica, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados,
Guyana, St Kitts and Nevis, Suriname and Uganda. However, you are here today as
one unit. You have formed friendships that will last a lifetime and built a
network of camaraderie and experience to call upon in the future.

“I know very well from my
own time at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst what a formative experience
this year will have been. Today you mark the successful completion of your
training programme in the classrooms, on the parade squares and in the exercise
areas.

“But remember, this is
just the beginning. Because now the hard work really starts, as you join your
units and assume command. You are graduating today as officer into an
uncertain world. In your service ahead you will have to contend with climatic,
geological, criminal and wider state and non-state threats to our collective
safety, security and prosperity. Being asked to lead men and women through
uncertainty and danger is daunting.

“You never know how
strong you are, until being strong is your only choice. From here the onus
is on you to grow into the leaders you have been taught about in textbooks,
watched on your screens and witnessed in your instructors. Good leadership is
hard to define, but it’s easy to recognise in others.

“As Catherine and I visit
Jamaica in celebration of The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, I thought I might quote
my grandmother on the subject. In an address to the United Nations General
Assembly in 2010, she said: ‘I know of no single formula for success, but over
the years I have observed that some attributes of leadership are universal, and
are often about finding ways of encouraging people to combine their efforts,
their talents, their insights, their enthusiasm and their inspiration, to work
together.’

“I think that’s a
very good model to follow. Let me also pay tribute today to the instructors and
staff here at the Caribbean Military Academy for running this Initial Officer
Training Programme. Putting on this international course for the first time was
never going to be easy. And then you had to deliver it in the middle of a
global pandemic.

“You should all be
incredibly proud of your achievement, and of the young officers turned out so
smartly in front of us today. I know how pleased the Royal Military Academy
Sandhurst is to have helped you establish this course, and it’s great to
see the Commandant here today. Your collective collaboration and success is a testament
to the continuing excellent defence relationship between Jamaica and the United
Kingdom.

“And finally, I know how
special it is to have your families join this celebration of your achievement.
So I would like to thank all the guests for travelling here today. Were it not
for your support and guidance, particularly given the additional challenges
imposed by the pandemic, these cadets would not be here. I know you are beaming
with pride. Congratulations again everyone.”

Photos: Prince William and Kate Attend Spectacular Parade On Jamaica Royal Tour

The parade ended with a final
royal salute before William and Kate departed for a reception with the newly
commissioned officers and staff at the Jamaica Officers’ Club. They travelled
in the same Ceremonial Land Rover the Queen and the late Prince Philip used
during their visit to Jamaica in 1962.

 

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