HRH 'Abdul Mateen goes to Sandhurst

His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam (C) viewing the modest living quarters of His Royal Highness 'Abdul Mateen (L) at the Old College of the prestigious Royal Military Academy (RMA) Sandhurst. A Sandhurst official accompanies His Majesty while touring the facilities. Prince 'Abdul Mateen, 19, will be attending the Commissioning Course for Regular Army Officers lasting for 48 weeks along with 200 other recruits of Sandhurst.Picture: Infofoto

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

HIS Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Mateen's enthusiasm was at an all-time high, as he arrived at the prestigious Royal Military Academy (RMA) Sandhurst on Sunday to begin his training as a cadet.

His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, who arrived in London last week to witness His Royal Highness' admission to the world's most prestigious military institution, shared the same enthusiasm as the monarch was escorted on arrival at the Academy to the Government House to meet with RMA Sandhurst Commandant Major PC Marriott.

Dressed in black suit and navy blue and orange tie, His Royal Highness arrived with Her Royal Highness Princess 'Azemah Ni'matul Bolkiah.

His Royal Highness was later led by the Sandhurst Commandant to the Academy's Old College in the vicinity, before the monarch, accompanied by Commandant Major PC Marriott, followed to visit his son's modest living quarters.

This was followed by a tour of several facilities of the college such as study halls.

His Royal Highness' admission to the academy and His Majesty's visit to the 63-year-old academy brought back memories of the days when the monarch attended the same institution as an officer cadet, where he was commissioned as a captain in 1967 before leaving the academy in October of the same year to ascend the throne.

Prince 'Abdul Mateen, 19, will be attending the Commissioning Course for Regular Army Officers lasting for 48 weeks along with 200 other recruits making them the 102nd intake of Sandhurst.

The course runs three times a year, starting in January, May and September.

The Commissioning Course consists of three terms, each of which lasts 14 weeks. At the end of term one, cadets go on a one-week adventurous training course and they participate in an adventurous training expedition in the second term.

At the end of the third term, cadets are commissioned and leave the academy to carry out their second phase of training which focuses on the branch of the army they will be joining, namely the infantry, artillery, logistics or other technical or general arms.

Prince 'Abdul Mateen enjoys various sports. He played for the Bruneian football team AM Gunners and a week before his admission to the academy competed in the Yang Amat Mulia Pg Indera Mahkota Pg (Dr) Kamaluddin Al-Haj Badminton Championship Cup. His Royal Highness is also active in charitable works.

He received his secondary education at the Paduka Seri Begawan Sultan Science College and Jerudong International School, both top schools in Brunei.

It was reported that the Prince was attached to the Gurkha Regiment in Belait to prepare him for the gruelling training in Sandhurst.

The Royal Academy Sandhurst is located in Surrey where all officers in the British Army are trained to take on the responsibilities of leading the soldiers. It was formed in 1947.

It descended from two older institutions, the Royal Military Academy (RMA) and the Royal Military College (RMC).

The training at Sandhurst covers military, practical and academic subjects. Additionally, cadet officers will also have the time set aside for sports and adventurous training. Famous figures who attended Sandhurst include Sir Winston Churchill, Princes William and Harry of Great Britain and King Abdullah II of Jordan.

The Brunei Times