Royal visit to Welbeck College

The Duke of Edinburgh on a visit to the area.  In 1993 he flew in for a memorable trip to Welbeck College.
The Duke of Edinburgh on a visit to the area. In 1993 he flew in for a memorable trip to Welbeck College.

THIS week’s Archive Corner picture shows HRH Prince Philip on a visit to Welbeck College.

The Duke of Edinburgh visited in July 1993.

Smiling and chatty, the Duke, who was 72 at the time, turned out to be a great hit with cadets and officers at the Army college.

Welbeck College prepared young men and women for careers in the Army.

Prince Philip was guest of honour at their annual inspection. He flew in to the celebrated sixth form boarding college on a Royal Wessex helicopter.

Wearing a dark blue Field Marshal’s uniform, complete with spurs, the sprightly looking Duke presented a number of medals.

He offered some choice words of hope and encouragement to the assembled audience of proud parents, staff and students.

“I hope you will all go on and do a great many things,” he said.

Once the formalities were complete, he chatted away happily to students and parents. After lunch he changed into a smart grey suit to watch the cadets take on a guided assault course round a tough looking set of exercises - negotiated successfully by the students.

Eventually the Duke left in the middle of the afternoon in the same way he had arrived, by the Wessex helicopter.

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