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New Students Gain Prized Berets at Time-Honoured Parade

Published Thursday 29th of October 2020 05:42:22 PM

New students who joined the Duke of York’s Royal Military School this term, wore their prized uniform berets for the first time at a special annual ceremony – one of the most important events of the academic year.

The time-honoured tradition saw Principal Alex Foreman inspect the parade of Year 7 students who have completed a period of training after joining the Dover school in September. The school’s Vice Principal and Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Steven Saunderson assisted, and all staff attended to congratulate students by clapping their march from the Parade Square.

At the parade, some senior students were able to perform their new roles; they were Student RSM Toby Thorne, Senior Under Officer Felix Banks, Stick Orderlies Archie Hendry, Billy Hendry, Chloe Martin and Niamh Scott.

While regular school uniform is worn most of the time, the beret is an essential part of each student’s ceremonial No.1 Dress (Blues) for parades and special occasions. Receiving the beret is the start of a student’s career as a Dukie and the many opportunities this presents throughout life – once a Dukie, always a Dukie. Students can also wear the cap badge of a family member who has served in the armed forces on their dress Blues. It is called their ‘heart badge’ and is a poignant recognition of their family's military heritage. The recent ceremony will have been the students’ first parade.

Alex Foreman said: “Our military ceremonies remind us of our heritage and ethos, which helps develop character and life skills. Wearing the beret on parade for the first time is a proud moment, signifying the importance of starting careers as Dukies and the life-long honour this bestows.”

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