Prince William (41) attended an appointment at Britannia Royal Naval College Dartmouth on December 14th. As part of a parade, he welcomed 202 cadets into the ranks of the Royal Navy after their training as junior officers, as the BBC reports.
As “Commodore-in-Chief Submarines,” according to “People” magazine, he represented King Charles III. (75) took part in the event. During a speech, despite his official role as commander in chief, he also talked about his deceased grandparents.
William said it was “a great honor” to represent his father. He knows how cold it can get on the parade ground and therefore wants to keep it brief so that those present can leave for the celebrations as quickly as possible. While his "Passing Out Parade" took place in Sandhurst, the Britannia Royal Naval College "still has a very special place in my heart".
"It is known that my grandmother and grandfather met here, while my great-grandfather, King George VI, carried out precisely these tasks," William explained. The then 13-year-old Queen Elizabeth II (1926-2022) is said to have fallen in love with her future husband, Prince Philip (1921-2021), there. Philip was a cadet at Dartmouth at the time, and the two married in November 1947 in Westminster Abbey in front of 2,000 invited guests.
The royals also published impressions of the appointment on Instagram this Thursday. On the account of William and his wife, Princess Kate (41), he can be seen in uniform alongside numerous cadets. He congratulated them once again and explained that commitment, discipline and hard work had led them “to this milestone”.