Sandhurst: His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Premier, yesterday represented Queen Elizabeth at the 152nd Sovereign’s Parade at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, south-east England.
The Crown Prince was received by the Commandant of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Major General Paul Nanson.
He inspected the parade, and awarded top officer cadets with the Sword of Honour, the Overseas Sword and the Queen’s Medal.
Earlier in his speech, the Crown Prince congratulated the cadets on completing the commissioning course.
“Having been here as a parent, I know how much your accomplishment means to your families and friends, and how proud of you they are.
“Many of our BDF officers, including my father His Majesty King Hamad, trained at Sandhurst. We are proud of this long tradition. It underlines the very strong bonds established between us 200 years ago,” the Crown Prince said.
“As military officers, and defenders our nations, you will take on great responsibility. Where you fight, you will fight to secure a greater peace. You will operate in uniquely testing circumstances, often against those pursuing an agenda of hatred, discord and destruction.
“Increasingly, addressing those threats, will involve us fighting asymmetric wars, alongside the armies of failed and faltering states. Fighting terrorist insurgent groups. And fighting micro constituencies of fanatics and the disenfranchised – for whom religious conflict itself is the primary purpose.
“By way of example, the ruptures within the modern-day order of the Middle East have created a multitude of uncertain consequences. The breakdown of many of the region’s state paradigms has served to enhance and magnify the power of warped ideologies.
“These conflicts and the ideologies they ultimately empower, have led to the largest migration crisis in modern times, threatening not only the values, but the very social fabric of Europe.
“We must all come together, showing a firmness of conviction and belief, strengthening bonds of unity and tolerance against the wishes of religious fascists who wish to divide and destroy,” he added.