L-R HRH Princess Royal, Cadet Stimson, Cpl Goodman and Cadet Casson-Rennie (B)

A group of 1220 (March) Squadron Air Cadets were given the honour of welcoming HRH Princess Royal to the Neale Wade Academy, when she visited to see the progress made by new Principal Jason Wing recently.

The Cadets, who all attend Neale Wade Academy, were selected to stand alongside March Army Cadet Force to form a Guard of Honour as Princess Anne arrived. Once inside the Academy Assembly Hall, four Air Cadets had been pre-selected to greet and talk to the Princess.

Cadet Flight Seargant Alexander Macrae (18), a 6th Form student at the Academy, was the most senior Air Cadet in attendance for the visit. Following the visit, FS Macrae said, “It was a huge honour for all of us to be invited to welcome Princess Anne to the Academy, what made it even more special was that she talked to each of us, and was really interested about our time within the Air Cadets.”

In previous years a number of Cadets have visited St James’s Palace to receive their Gold Duke of Edinburgh award, presented, on occasions, by the Princess Royals Father, the Duke of Edinburgh. Cadet Brandon Casson-Rennie (15), who has just completed his bronze Duke of Edinburgh award said, “Princess Anne asked me what my biggest achievement is so far within Air Cadets, and I replied that it was achieving my Bronze Duke of Edinburgh award. I also told her that I have started my silver award recently. I am definitely going to complete my silver award and then going all the way for the gold award.” 

Neale Wade Academy is the central feeder school for 1220 (March) Squadron, who are now recruiting for new Cadets. Meeting members of the Royal family is just one of the activities Cadets can get involved in by joining our Squadron. Anyone interested in joining can come along to our “Open Evening” on 11th February to find out more about us, and what we do.

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