July 30th 2014


A number of Cadets from Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland (LNR) Army Cadet Force (ACF) met The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall in Oakham earlier this week (28 July).

The Cadets, who are all based at Oakham Detachment, along with the Cadet Regimental Sergeant Major Daniel Connell and Lord-Lieutenant Cadet Cadet Staff Sergeant Sophie Sharp attended the event at Oakham Castle on Monday 28 July where The Duchess of Cornwall presented a decorative horse shoe during the event to mark her first official visit to the town.

A total of eight Cadets and three adult volunteers attended the event from LNR ACF.

Speaking ahead of this unique opportunity Cadet Julia Swanton, aged 14, said: “It is very exciting.  Being in the Army Cadets is all about action, adventure, learning new skills, meeting new people and fun.  It also brings about opportunities like this to meet two members of the Royal family that I may not have had the chance to do otherwise. I am looking forward to visiting the castle and I am sure this is something I will remember for the rest of my life.”

Colonel Phil Watson, Commandant at LNR ACF, said: “Each of the Cadets who attended the event feels privileged to have been asked to attend. Being given a chance to meet members Royal family is often a once in a lifetime opportunity and I know each of our young people were a credit to the organisation.”

The visit to Oakham Castle was one element of a wide-ranging Royal visit to Rutland. First of all The Prince of Wales, Patron of the Almshouse Association, and The Duchess of Cornwall visited St John and St Anne Almshouse in Oakham.  The Almshouse provides housing for retired people who want to maintain their independence.

Members of the public then had an opportunity to show their support as Their Royal Highnesses met members of the local community and business owners in Oakham town centre, followed by a visit to Oakham Castle.

The visit concluded with a trip to Rutland Water Nature Reserve to meet Wildlife Trust volunteers and tour some of the wetlands and wildlife sanctuary.

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