His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh took the salute at this year’s Annual General Inspection at Welbeck College earlier this month.
Welbeck College, part of the Defence Technical Officer and Engineer Entry Scheme under the Defence Academy’s Technology School (formerly CDAT) is a full-boarding sixth form college in Loughborough for students looking for a career as a technical or engineering Officer in the Armed Forces of Civil Service.
The inspection is the most prestigious event in the college calendar and marked the culmination of the year and the graduation of the Upper Sixth Students.
His Royal Highness, who is the Senior Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, awarded The Prince Philip Medal to 18 year old Natasha Franklin from Warwick. Natasha is the 21st recipient of this award and the second to receive it in person from His Royal Highness. The Prince Philip Medal is awarded to the Upper Sixth student who has made the most significant overall contribution to the College.
The Duke of Edinburgh also presented the Welbeck Sword to Junior Under Officer Alex Ward, 18 from Filey in Yorkshire. The Sword, donated by Robert Pooley, is awarded to the Upper Sixth student who has demonstrated outstanding academic commitment, officer potential and physical fitness. Alex is the third recipient of this prestigious award.
For the Upper Sixth students this parade marked the end of the first phase of the Defence Technical Officer and Engineer Entry Scheme and the first milestone in their military careers. They will now read technical or engineering degrees within the Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme at one of our 11 partner Universities.