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Duke guest at military school's big day

THE Duke of Kent was at Dover this afternoon for a special occasion at the Duke of York's Royal Military School.

The school is celebrating its 200th anniversary this year, and the Duke was guest of honour at its Grand Day, which included a prize giving and parade.

In March, pupils had staged an historical re-enactment before Prince Andrew to mark the bicentenary.

The Duke of York watched the event at the barracks which bears his title in London, and which was also the site of the original school. It was first set up as an orphanage for the children of soldiers killed in battle.

The first children arrived in 1803 and the school moved to its present location in Dover in 1909.

Thirty pupils acted out a history of the school which now caters for the sons and daughters of active and retired personnel from the three Services.

They were accompanied by the school's famous military band and assisted by Chelsea Pensioners.

Some of the Chelsea Pensioners were also at the school today to join parents and other guests watching the youngsters taking part in the parade.

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