Wellington sixth-former and Air Force cadet Lucy Hemming has started undertaking royal duties as part of her role as one of the Lord Lieutenant Cadets for Somerset. Lucy met and accompanied HRH Sophie, The Countess of Wessex, together with the Lord Lieutenant of Somerset Anne Maw when she opened Queen Camel School in Yeovil.
Lucy will be called on over the course of the coming year to assist the Lord-Lieutenant as required – often on parade for Royal visits – and act as ambassadors for their organisations and the young people of Somerset. When on duty, Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadets wear a distinctive sash with the badge of their appointment to denote their role.
The office dates from the reign of Henry VIII, and the Lord-Lieutenant was originally responsible for the maintenance of order and for local defence.
Wellington School has provided Lord Lieutenant’s Cadets over many consecutive years and Headmaster Henry Price commented, “I am absolutely delighted for Lucy. It is a great honour for her and a reflection of the highly regarded stature of our CCF. Lucy contributes enormously not only to our Combined Cadet Force but also to many other areas of school life.”