Thanks for popping in.
I love Heritage Open Days, don't you?
The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst opens its barbed wire gates to the public just once a year in these security conscious times, after all this is the place where Prince Harry did his 44 week Officer Cadet Training Course in 2005 before joining the Blues and Royals and being commissioned as an Army Officer in 2006. His Passing Out Parade was attended by The Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Wiiliam and there is a great painting to mark the occasion in the Old College.
While, we're inside the Old College, which we've entered by the steps leading to the Grand Entrance, straight ahead is the Indian Army Memorial Room with a display of colourful stained glass windows.
Other rooms contain paintings and exhibits.
A couple of rooms were set out for a regimental dinner.
I expect you are wondering what the building looks like!
At the end of the Sovreign's Parade, the Adjutant rides up the steps and dismounts in the Grand Entrance. This tradition began in 1926 but nobody really knows why this was done.
Since 1947 when the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst opened following reorganisation of other Colleges, over 41,000 Officer Cadets and Student Officers have been trained, including those from 80 different overseas countries and it has a reputation worldwide for excellence.
Below are photos of the New College built between 1908 and 1911.
Outside the Grand Entrance of the Old College, an Arena was fenced off for various events which I'll tell you about another time. The whole site is huge, with enormous water lily filled lakes, fields for polo and cricket matches, there was even an area devoted to stalls, food vendors and activities. You could visit countless other buildings like the Chapel and Library, some of which could only be viewed from the outside. Lots and lots to see and steps to gather!
Until next time,