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Thu 23rd November, 2017
 

Jordanian & Luxembourger Royals see sons graduate at Sandhurst Sovereign’s Parade

There was a strong royal presence at the Sovereign’s Parade at Sandhurst on Friday, as Crown Prince Hussein of Jordan and Prince Sébastien of Luxembourg graduated from the prestigious military academy.

Crown Prince Hussein of Jordan graduated alongside Prince Sébastien of Luxembourg at Sandhurst (@RHCJO)

King Abdullah and Queen Rania of Jordan watched as their eldest son, Crown Prince Hussein, paraded amongst the newly appointed officers, with Rania posting several photos of the day on her public Instagram account.

The proud parents were accompanied by their other children, Prince Hashem and Princesses Iman and Salma. The King himself is a graduate of Sandhurst, as are many Royals, including our own Princes William and Harry.

In addition to playing the proud father, King Abdullah attended the ceremony in an official capacity, as Reviewing Officer on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II.  This is not the first time King Abdullah has represented The Queen at the Sovereign’s Parade; he oversaw the ceremony in 2006, as did his late father, King Hussein, in 1981, when the current Jordanian monarch graduated.

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Traditionally, the British Sovereign attends the graduation ceremony, or appoints the leader of another country with close links to the UK to do so on their behalf. Jordan was under British control for some of the 20th century, and King Abdullah’s mother is actually British by birth.

As Reviewing Officer, the Jordanian King delivered a speech to the new officers and their guests, urging the graduates to ‘strive to be the best’, as well as emphasising the great responsibility they will hold in their future careers. He also reflected on his own days as a Sandhurst cadet, claiming it was a ‘distinct pleasure’ to address his fellow alumni. Abdullah inspected the officers, and presented medals to some of the cadets, including the Al Hussein medal, which was named for his father, and is awarded to the cadet who improved most throughout training.

The Grand Ducal Family of Luxembourg, led by Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, were also out in force to watch their youngest son graduate from the academy. Sébastien’s older brothers, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Prince Félix also attended the ceremony, with their wives, Princess Stéphanie and Princess Claire. Henri, Guillaume and Félix are all alumni of Sandhurst, too.

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Sandhurst has a long-standing tradition of royal attendees, with many international Royal Families sending their children there, as well as the British Monarchy, such is the high-regard in which the British Army is held.

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<p>Olivia is currently studying International Business Management and Spanish at Heriot Watt University. She has always had a keen interest in British history, particularly the Royal Family – Henry VIII and his crazy marital life being a personal favourite. Olivia also loves fashion, which means that The Countess of Wessex and The Duchess of Cambridge feature highly among her favourite royals. Due to a year spent studying in Madrid, Olivia also has an interest in the Spanish Royal Family, especially Queen Letizia</p>

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