Prince Harry graduates from Sandhurst

Prince Harry has graduated as an officer in the British Army from Sandhurst Academy.

The 21-year-old completed his passing out ceremony in front of the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall and Prince William.

Around 447 cadets participated in the Sovereign's Parade, including 219 officer cadets, including Prince Harry, who were in the the passing out parade to receive their commissions.

The Queen inspected the soldiers on the parade and gave a speech to the cadets. She said: "This day marks the beginning of what I hope will be highly successful careers."

The Prince has become a 2nd Lieutenant, which is referred to as a Cornet, and is to join the Household Cavalry. He will serve in an armoured reconnaissance unit and train to become a troop commander, in charge of 11 men and four light tanks.

A senior Army officer said that it was "eminently possible" that Prince Harry could serve in a conflict zone such as Iraq or Afghanistan.

Tradition dictates that the pips on the Prince's shoulders - one star signalling his rank - should remained covered up until midnight at the Sandhurst ball.

Prince Harry is expected to be joined by his South African girlfriend Chelsy Davy at the ball. It has also been reported that Prince William and his girlfriend Kate Middleton will attend the event.


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