Officer cadet Ismail Hoxha, an Albanian from Kosovo, received the overseas sword for best overseas cadet at Sandhurst from Prince Charles, Prince of Wales during the Sovereign’s Parade at Royal Military Academy Sandhurst on December 11, 2015 in Camberley, England. The Sovereign’s Parade takes place in the Old College Square at Sandhurst’s Royal Military Academy at the end of each term and marks the passing out of Officer Cadets who have completed the commissioning course. The Prince of Wales previously attended when each of his sons passed out.
This is the first time a member of the KSF or any other military representative from the Western Balkans has ever won the Overseas Sword. This is a great achievement from a young officer from the youngest State in Europe.
Officer Cadet Hoxha graduated on 11 December at the Sovereign’s Parade RMAS, alongside two other Kosovar cadets, Fitore Fazliu and Besfort Kruma. This is the largest group of KSF officers to be commissioned from Sandhurst in any one year.
Yesterday’s Sandhurst parade was historic as the first in which mixed male and female platoons passed out together.
The military college is the most prestigious in Britain, and is also popular with cadets from around the world. Its alumni include Charles’s two sons, the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry.
Charles represented the Queen at the Sovereign’s Parade, which formally marks the senior cadets’ completion of their commissioning course.
Wearing his Army Field Marshal uniform, military medals and carrying a sword Charles was given a royal salute during the Sovereign’s Parade by the officer cadets on the windswept parade ground.
In front of Charles were more than 140 men and women senior officer cadets from the UK, with more than 20 others from 18 overseas countries. They were joined by more than 350 intermediate and junior cadets still to complete their training.
The heir to the throne has represented the Queen at the Sovereign’s Parade on three previous occasions – 1978, 1989 and 1998.