Lindsey Denyer, 23, joined hundreds of cadets for graduation ceremony at Sandhurst.

An Army officer cadet from South Molton has graduated at Sandhurst.

23-year-old Lindsey Denyer joined hundreds of cadets for the ceremony at the Royal Military Academy on Friday, where Prince Charles represented the Queen.

Previously, potential women officers at Sandhurst would be in an all-female platoon, but have now been integrated with the men to mirror how the Army works on a day-to-day basis.

Lindsey said: “Being part of an elite group of people that have graduated from Sandhurst as an officer in the British Army makes me extremely proud.

“It’s one of the biggest challenges I have ever undertaken, but also one of the most rewarding.”

With friends and family in the audience, Lindsey and the other 160 graduating officer cadets took part in the sovereign’s parade in front of HRH The Prince of Wales. The parade is a key milestone for every Army officer and has been run at the end of each term for more than 200 years.

The newly commissioned second lieutenants got to display the rank insignia for the first time at midnight.

“The training and support I have received has been excellent and I cannot wait to start putting it into practise with the Royal Artillery and to be given the chance to make my contribution on operations, adventure training, and missions overseas,” she said.

“I would recommend an officer career to anyone looking for an exciting career away from the mundane nine to five.”

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