On Friday, August 9, 2013, Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex arrived at Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS) to represent Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II during the Sovereign’s Parade.
Per the official website for the British Army:
“The Sovereign’s Parade, at the end of each term, marks the passing out from Sandhurst of Officer Cadets who have completed the Commissioning Course and is the result of many hours of hard work. It is the grandest day in the Sandhurst calendar as friends, family and VIPs gather before Old College Square to watch the cadets take part in their final challenge.
During the ceremony, the Sword of Honour, the Overseas Sword and the Queen’s Medal are awarded by the Sovereign’s Representative to the top Officer Cadets.”