Title ID 9405Collection ID1221
Title[Sandhurst Ceremony of the Queen's Medal]
CollectionRidgway Family
Genre/TypeAmateurFamily Home MovieNon-fictionFamily Life
ThemeFamily Life
KeywordsAircraft Animals Armed Forces Beachwear Beaches Ceremonies Camping Children Family Food Games Holidays Leisure Time Activities Men Outings Parades Royalty Rural Areas Railways Urban Areas
LocalCamberley Folkestone Sandhurst
RegionalSurrey Kent Berkshire
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionRidgway Family
CameraPeter Ridgeway; Janet Ridgway
FormatStandard 8mm Colour Silent
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This film shows a family outing to the RAF Manston museum; the family's camping holiday in Folkestone with a visit to the Leas Cliff funicular railway; and the Soverign's Parade at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, with the award of the Queen's Medal by HRH Princess Margaret to Andrew Ridgway.


This film opens with the family visiting 'RAF Manston Strike Command' museum looking at several historic RAF aircraft.

The film cuts to views of the Folkestone Cliff lifts (Leas Lift), with passengers aboard moving carriages; cutting to additional shots of the Folkestone holiday (from TID: 4903) that show a woman preparing breakfast on a camping stove as a young child watches. The children play on the beach doing exercises and acrobatic jumps with an adult.

The next section cuts to wide shots of a parade of armed forces Officer Cadets in the square of The Old College building at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. Spectators have gathered to watch the Sovereign's Parade with the award of the Queens Medal. Following a break in the sequence, a helicopter lands on a nearby field and the Royal standard (for Princess Margaret) is raised on the flag pole as the Union flag is lowered. A parade of Chelsea Pensioners emerges from the Old College, flanked by Officer Cadets in dress uniforms.

A close up shot (very bright) of the front cover of the ceremony programme, is followed by shots of a large group of men parading to stand outside the Old College building. A Royal car arrives with Princess Margaret, wearing a mustard yellow dress and hat; to inspect the Officer Cadets and walk through the middle of the spectator's seating to take her seat under a canopy. The men parade past in their battalions, two men (Andrew and another ?) approach Princess Margaret and salute. On return to their battalions, the Adjutant rides his horse up the steps and into the Old College building to officially close the proceedings.