Kimbolton Cadet Meets Royalty in Ely
CWO James Smalley meets HRH Prince Charles in his role as Lord Lieutenant's cadet.
Cadet Warrant Officer James Smalley, the Lord Lieutenant's cadet and a member of the Upper Sixth at Kimbolton, came face to face with royalty this week. He was in Ely to support the Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, Mrs Julie Spence OBE QPM DL, during a visit to the city by HRH Prince Charles.
Read James's account of the day below:
This Tuesday, I had the great honour of representing Kimbolton School, as one of the current Lord Lieutenant’s Cadets. We were in Ely to receive HRH Prince of Wales during his visit to the Thomas Parsons’ Almshouses, Ely Cathedral and the Market Square.
My duties varied widely from opening the car door and saluting him smartly as he arrived, to walking along in the Royal Party (looking rather important!). For the most part, I was engaging briefly with the public and occasionally talking with his Highness Prince Charles. The rest of the time, I was talking to and helping his security officials or having conversations with other dignitaries.
The day was thrilling to say the least. It’s not every day that you get to meet a member of the Royal Family let alone shake his hand, talk to him briefly a few times and carry the presents that he and the Duchess of Cornwall received! One of these was a round box covered in red carpet, which Her Majesty the Queen had walked on during a previous visit to Ely.
It was a magnificent privilege to be alongside the Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire during the day, whilst following closely behind His Royal Highness Prince Charles - who I can honestly say is incredibly nice and always ends a conversation with a little joke. It was a pleasure to be there and I will not forget that day for the rest of my life.
Kimbolton School’s Combined Cadet Force (CCF) is thriving and has a national reputation for excellence. Over 220 of our pupils opt to participate in CCF training each Thursday afternoon and many also join in with the wealth of extra courses and activities at weekends and during the holidays.
The role of Lord Lieutenant's cadets is to support the Lord Lieutenant in carrying out her duties over a period of 12 months. Their selection and appointment recognises their outstanding contribution to their cadet service and to the community.
Well done, James!