Ten Royal Marine Cadets from Eastbourne marched in a parade to Buckingham Palace to mark the 350th anniversary of Her Majesty the Queen’s Royal Marines.
The ten cadets from T S Eastbourne were joined by five members of staff for RM350 Foundation Parade, while two Sea Cadet staff from the unit also attended to provide invaluable logistical and medical support.
As part of the anniversary celebrations, Royal Marine Cadets paraded down the Mall to the grounds of Buckingham Palace, where they were reviewed by the Captain General Royal Marines, HRH Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh.
More than 450 cadets and staff from all three branches of the Royal Marines Cadets attended a weekend training session to hone their drill and bearing at HMS Excellent in Portsmouth.
On entering Buckingham Palace gardens, the cadets were reviewed and presented with the Portsmouth cup for the highest achieving detachment of the year across all three contingents. They were then presented with the first official tri-contingent Royal Marines Cadets Banner to march behind before parading their new banner in public for the first time, stepping off to the HM Royal Marines Commandos’ march, Sarie Marais, and heading into Wellington Barracks for an informal family reception.
To make the day even more special, they were escorted down the Mall by serving Royal Marines of K Company, 42 Commando Royal Marines, who were on guard at the Palace as a part of their London duties, also a part of the RM 350 Celebrations.
The week before, six cadets and a number of staff from T S Eastbourne were lucky enough to go and watch the Changing of the Guard from inside the Palace grounds, followed by a whistle-stop tour of the Mall, the Graspan Memorial and a photo opportunity outside 10 Downing Street.
Eastbourne Royal Marines Cadets is a part of the Sea Cadet Corps, a charitable youth organisation. It takes young people, both boys and girls, from the ages of 13 to 18 as cadets where they learn a wide range of military, maritime and life skills.
The cadets can also participate in the Duke of Edinburgh’s award scheme as well as gaining qualifications in leadership, NVQ/CVQO and RYA certifications. The unit can be contacted on 01323 722 265.