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11 November 2017

“King John’s Charter of 1215 decrees that the Lord Mayor of London must present himself to the sovereign on assuming office. The Lord Chief Justice of England and the Master of the Rolls will receive the Lord Mayor on behalf of the sovereign at the Royal Courts of Justice. 

“The Lord Mayor Mr Charles Bowman will be escorted during the procession by a mounted detachment of the Light Cavalry and a squad of cadets from Reddam House Berkshire.”

This meant a very early 5:30 am Saturday morning start for nine cadets as they journeyed to Flemish Farm, first of all to collect members of the dismounted Light Cavalry, Honourable Artillery Company (HAC) and then up to the City of London, Armoury House to make preparations.

Upon arrival at Armoury House cadets Jiaqi, Harriett, Olivia, George, Amethyst, Harry, Logan, Isobel and Jos were honoured to have a private tour of the museum and the barracks which was kindly organised by the Officer Commanding the Light Cavalry HAC, Major Alan Willis and our very own Captain Catherine Smith.  As soon as the tour had finished our cadets very quickly took to the streets marching behind the mounted cavalry.  They were soon joined by the band of the Household Cavalry, the Lord Mayor, the famous Pikemen & Musketeers of the HAC and the Kings Troop, Royal Horse Artillery.

This remains the largest unrehearsed procession in the World with several thousand participants and has been an annual event for over 800 years.  Reddam House Berkshire CCF are truly privileged to be permitted to take part in this most prestigious event and would like to thank our own Captain Catherine Smith for making the arrangements.

Yet another fantastic day that our cadets will surely never forget.


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