Cadets meet the Queen and HRH Duke of Edinburgh

23 May 2012

Merton Cadets guarding the Royal limousine during the Royal visit

"I was really pleased with the hard work and professionalism of the Cadets".

Merton Volunteer Police Cadets were very proud to be invited to St Marks's Academy in Mitcham, to join the school and many other guests for HM The Queen's Diamond Jubilee visit on Tuesday 15 May.

Parading early at Wimbledon Police Station in best uniform, a team of ten cadets and three adult leaders met with other colleagues at the school, and were posted to key duties at the venue.

Cadets welcomed VIPs arriving and assisted with queues at the entrance gates, as well as forming an honour guard as the Royal cortege arrived, to be cheered by St Marks's Academy staff and pupils.

For 16 year old Deputy Head Cadet Oli Stansfield, the tour of duty then took a very unexpected turn.

Oli said "A member of the Royal party spoke to PC Teague, my Cadet Staff, and said they wanted to invite a Cadet to join the formal dinner reception in the hall. I was privileged to be asked to join them, and found myself sitting at the main table with HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. The meal was amazing, and I had some very interesting conversations with the other guests. The Duke of Edinburgh was interested to hear about the Volunteer Police Cadets, and I also talked about the positive experiences I've had doing the Duke of Edinburgh's Award (I'm currently doing my Gold). This was a unique opportunity, and I felt very proud to represent both the Cadets and Merton Police!"

Safer Neighbourhoods PC Harvey Teague, VPC Staff team , said; "We were smartly formed up and focused on the arrival of HM The Queen, and I was really pleased with the hard work and profssionalism of my Cadets throughout the whole event. What an honour for one of the team to be invited to join the Royal party for the formal reception.  Oli rose to the opportunity exceptionally well and was a perfect ambassador for the VPC!".

The team worked hard throughout the day up to the departure of HM The Queen and Prince Phillip, and were personally thanked by Superintendent Pete Dobson, for the event.