Royal inspection for Royal Marines Cadets

500 Royal Marines Cadets have been inspected by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, at Buckingham Palace, in celebration of the Royal Marines’ 350th anniversary.

The parade is the first time that the Royal Marine Cadets have been inspected by The Duke of Edinburgh, who holds the title of Captain General Royal Marines.  

To add to the uniqueness of the event the guard at the Palace is made up of ranks from 42 Commando Royal Marines, as the Royal Marines take on Royal Guard duties for only the 4th time in their history.

Today has been incredible, for the cadets to be part of the 350th anniversary celebrations, and to meet The Duke of Edinburgh

Lieutenant (Sea Cadet Corps) Bill Collier RMR, Training and Development Officer

Prior to their arrival at Buckingham Palace the Cadets had the privilege of marching down the Mall, led by the Royal Marines Bands of Portsmouth and Collingwood.

Also in attendance was the Secretary of State for Defence, the Right Honourable Phillip Hammond, and the Commandant General Royal Marines, Major General Martin Smith MBE.

Lieutenant (Sea Cadet Corps) Bill Collier RMR, Training and Development Officer said:

“Today has been incredible, for the cadets to be part of the 350th anniversary celebrations, and to meet The Duke of Edinburgh is a dream come true for them, it really highlights the strength of the Corps Family.”

Cadet Corporal Ted Downey, who took part in the parade said:

“I absolutely love being a Royal Marines Cadet, and being part of the 350th anniversary and at Buckingham Palace is amazing, all my friends at school are really jealous!”

Photographs taken by POA(Phot) Owen Cooban