HRH Prince 'Abdul Mateen graduates from Sandhurst

HRH Prince 'Abdul Mateen (3rd R), taking part in the graduation ceremony of the 102nd intake of Royal Military Academy (RMA) Sandhurst, United Kingdom. Picture: BT/Zamri Zainal

Saturday, April 16, 2011

HISTORY was written as once again Bruneian royalty etched their mark in the books of Sandhurst.

His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Mateen with the 102nd intake of Sandhurst, graduated from the commissioning course as an officer cadet yesterday during the grand "Sovereign's Parade" for which His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam represented Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

As the senior graduating group with the intermediate 103rd intake entered in to the parade grounds with remarkable control and precision, the day of grey cloudy English skies was transformed to a bright reason to rejoice, celebrate and be proud.

Some 400 cadets formed seven companies: the Ypres Company, of which His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Mateen was a part of, the Gaza Company, Somme Company and the Sovereign's Platoon. The intermediate intake was formed behind the seniors in the Alamein Company, Normandy Company and Burma Company.

Soon after the newly commissioned officers were standing in place, the Sovereign's Banner and Colours were marched on parade to signal the pending presence of royalty, His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam.

Upon arrival, His Majesty was ushered to the Parade Ground escorted by Commandant Major General PC Marriott before receiving the Royal Salute

Shortly after, His Majesty descended from the dais to inspect the parade consisted of 475 cadets including 204 cadets of commissioning course 102. His Majesty also took time to share words with a select few officer cadets.

In respect of tradition, the Sovereign Platoon had advanced toward His Majesty where the Academy's Sergeant Major presented the Sovereign's Banner to the platoon for the monarch to observe.

The parade then proceeded with the officer cadets commencing the marches past in slow and quick time, respectively.

As the parade reached standstill positions after the marchpast, His Majesty delivered a titah to the parade in which he congratulated and wished them every success in all their future endeavours.

Then the monarch, on behalf of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, presented the academy's awards, the Sword of Honour, the Queen's Medal and the Overseas Sword, to outstanding achievers.

Closing the parade, en masse the senior officer cadets paid their final compliments to His Majesty by presenting their arms before leaving the parade grounds through the Grand Entrance behind the Sovereign's Banner and Colours.

Escorted by the Commandant's Piper, His Majesty along with the Commandant left the marching grounds through the Grand Entrance to enter the Old College where he mingled with the academy's staff. His Majesty then attended a luncheon at the Old College Dining Room.

Also present at the ceremony were His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul 'Azim, Her Royal Highness Princess 'Azemah Ni'matul Bolkiah and Her Royal Highness Princess Fadzilah Lubabul Bulqiah.

His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Mateen, with the consent of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam is promoted to the rank of Second Lieutenant with from April 15, 2011, corresponding to 11 Jamadilawal 1432.

The Brunei Times