Alex meets the Queen


Cdt FS Alex Dutch was one of a very select group of cadets who kicked off a series of events, which will take place this year, celebrating the 150th anniversary of the launch of the cadet movement, with a visit to Her Majesty The Queen yesterday, at a special reception at Buckingham Palace together with His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh . Cadet150 will see 150 events take place around the UK during 2010 which have been planned to reflect the spirit of fun, excitement, adventure and community service which is at the heart of the cadet movement.As well as visiting the Queen, the 26 cadets also travelled to Downing Street to meet Minister for Young Citizens and Youth Engagement, Dawn Butler, and Under Secretary of State for Defence, Kevan Jones. They also visited the Ministry of Defence to meet senior Service personnel.

The year of anniversary events honours the role the Cadet Forces play in assisting young people towards responsible adulthood through learning new skills and developing self-confidence, and celebrates the contribution the young people themselves make to their local communities.In the evening the cadets enjoyed a reception at Lancaster House hosted by the Ulysses Trust and the Council of the Reserve Forces and Cadets Association. The Ulysses Trust exists to support challenging expeditions by cadets and reservists, and adventurer, explorer and world record holder Sir Ranulph Fiennes attended the event in support of the Cadet150 expedition to Lesotho later this year.

The Sqn Commander, Sqn Ldr Jerry Godden said “This is a signal honour for both Alex and the Squadron for her to be chosen as one of just 7 ATC Cadet Ambassadors from over 36,000 cadets, and reflects on what she has achieved in the Squadron in her time with us. I am proud to be responsible for such an excellent example of British youth”. Amongst numerous achivements Alex has completed a Flying Scholarship, Gliding Scholarship, Staff Cadet qualification, Cadet 100 for shooting, a Gold Duke of Edinburghs Award, BTECs in both Public Service and Aviation Studies, a camp in the Falkland Islands, Youth First Aid, Radio Operators Certificate, Wing and Region Blues for Sports, and is halfway through the challenging Junior Leaders leadership course. She has also just be appointed as the Lord Lieutenants Cadet for London and selected for an International Air Cadet Exchange to Israel in the summer. The photos show Alex (3rd from right) chatting with HM The Queens and with the other cadet Ambassadors at Downing Street (first row kneeling with the 0 of the 150!)