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Prince William Steps in for Queen Elizabeth at His Former Military Academy
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Prince William just stepped in for his Gan-Gan Queen Elizabeth and revisited his old stomping grounds in the process.

Today, the 36-year-old Duke of Cambridge celebrated newly minted graduates of the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst, England, during the Sovereign’s Parade.

William met with 69 officer cadets from the United Kingdom and 25 from 19 other countries during the parade and presented them with awards such as the Sword of Honour, the Overseas Sword and the Queen’s Medal.

But this wasn’t his first time at the academy. In fact, the dad of three was enrolled there himself for nearly a year before starting his seven-year career in the British Army, the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy.

He recalled his own experience when addressing the service members, saying, “It is almost 12 years ago to the day that I stood where you are. I remember the deep sense of pride that came from passing out of one of the finest military academies in the world as well as wanting a short speech delivered so I could march off the parade square that little bit quicker!”

Prince William went on to say it was “an honor to stand here representing Her Majesty the Queen for the Sovereign’s Parade.”

A walk down memory lane and a parade? Sounds like quite a day.

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