A young cadet from Sudbury has joined around 200 fellow graduates in a prestigious ceremony as he passed out from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, successfully completing the most respected and challenging officer training course in the world.
Edward van der Lande, 23, will be joining the Household Cavalry to serve in the Life Guards, the oldest and most senior regiment in the British Army, following in the footsteps of his father.
“I’m really proud to have passed out from Sandhurst,” he said.
“It is challenging, but I wanted to serve, to do something worthwhile and to challenge myself. It’s also a great grounding for post-university careers.
“The best things have been meeting new people, commissioning and pushing myself to the limit.”
Each officer cadet at Sandhurst has undergone 44 weeks of intensive military and academic training, combined with adventurous training and sporting challenges, before taking part in the Sovereign’s Parade in front of Her Majesty’s representative, General Sir Peter Wall, Chief of General Staff.
The parade has been run at the end of each term on Old College Square at Sandhurst for more than 200 years.
The Army is always recruiting, and there are currently hundreds of jobs available for officers, from engineering and communications specialists to veterinary surgeons, and dentists.
Junior officers who graduate from Sandhurst are placed in charge of a team of soldiers, learning vital leadership and management skills which are highly valued and easily transferable to civilian careers.