Stanbridge army cadet has been given the royal seal of approval after escorting Prince Charles on a whistlestop visit to Bedfordshire.
Cadet sergeant major Emma Harwood was given the honour as part of her final duties as a Lord Lieutenant’s cadet. Emma Harwood earned the appointment earlier in the year and has appeared at various events but none as regal as this.
She spent the day at the side of the Prince of Wales as he visited a number of locations, culminating in the unveiling of a memorial to the women agents who flew out from Tempsford, aiding resistance movements in occupied Europe, during the Second World War.
Said Emma: “After shaking his hand and greeting him with the well rehearsed ‘Good Morning Your Royal Highness’ he asked me a little about my attendance in cadets, during which The Lord Lieutenant referred to me as the ‘Scary Sergeant Major’!
“I think The Prince Of Wales is now officially afraid of me!
“It was such a great opportunity. How many people can say they escorted the future King around Bedfordshire?”
The once-in-a-lifetime experience was a fitting send off for Emma as she has now completed her tenure as a Lord Lieutenant’s cadet and also her time in the ACF.
The Army Cadet Force has units throughout Beds and accept boys and girls between the ages of 13-18.
More details can be found at www.armycadets.com