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November 24th 2015

My year as a Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet

From meeting royalty in his home county to attending the annual Trooping the Colour celebrations in London, an Army Cadet from Chesterfield has reflected on the highlights of his year as a Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet.

Cadet Company Sergeant Major Luke Platts, aged 18, was appointed as a Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet for Derbyshire in October 2014, and has since gone on to meet three members of the royal family in one year at engagements around the county.

Luke Platts pictured at annual campLuke, who completed his duties as a Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet last month, also had the chance to attend HM Lord-Lieutenant of Derbyshire, Mr William Tucker’s special reception and Beating Retreat in support of Armed Forces Day, which he described as an ‘honour.’

Reflecting on his year as a Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet, Luke explained: “My time as a Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet has been the highlight of my Cadet career in the Army Cadet Force (ACF), and I am thankful to have been nominated and appointed into the role.  I have had the chance to do things that not many people can say they have done, like meeting The Earl of Wessex in Hathersage, The Princess Royal at the Brailsford Ploughing Match, and The Prince of Wales at Chatsworth House, all in the space of 12 months.

“It has been a privilege to attend all of the events that I have been invited to alongside the Lord-Lieutenant and I have been able to develop my skills in public speaking while having the chance to meet a variety of new people and represent the ACF in the community.”

Luke added that his personal highlight was having the opportunity to attend Trooping the Colour at Buckingham Palace in June 2015. He continued: “Attending such a well-known event to celebrate the royal family was just one of the amazing times spent in this role. Being able to watch some of the greatest military bands in this country march past was a once in a lifetime opportunity and my experiences throughout the year will stay with me forever.

“As an Army Cadet I have developed life skills that will benefit me in the future and I would recommend joining the ACF because you never know what you could get involved in next. It is an exciting feeling to know that one week you could be learning first-aid, drill, or studying towards B-TECs, and the next you could be attending a royal event alongside the Lord-Lieutenant.”

To find out more about Derbyshire ACF, call 01332 772025 , or visit: www.armycadets.com

"I have had the chance to do things that not many people can say they have done, like meeting The Earl of Wessex in Hathersage, The Princess Royal at the Brailsford Ploughing Match, and The Prince of Wales at Chatsworth House, all in the space of 12 months."