There probably isn't any other school, university or academy that has seen as many royals pass through their doors as has the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. Mind you, it's not only the Britons who send their princes (and princesses) to the military academy in Surrey. From Brunei to the United Arab Emirates, from Jordan to Saudi Arabia - Sandhurst is especially popular with the Arab monarchies (and some former ones even - hello Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece, Prince Leka of Albania, and Prince Heinrich of Schaumburg-Lippe!)
|Guillaume graduates (Photo: Tom Wagner)|
Let's start with that Liechtenstein that disbanded its own army in 1868 for financial reasons (after being possibly the world's first and only army who came home from a war with one man more than they left). The first Liechtenstein prince to enter the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst was Prince Wenzel, the late younger brother of Prince Hans-Adam II.
Prince Wenzel entered the Military Academy in 1982 and a year later was a lieutenant in the Grenadier Guards in London. He was followed by Hereditary Prince Alois. He finished school a year early in 1987 and decided to spend his gap year as part of the British armed forces. Upon being commissioned as a second lieutenant, he served with the Coldstream Guards in London and Hong Kong for six months. Prince Josef, son of Prince Nikolaus and Princess Margaretha, rounds off the princely Sandhurst trio. He completed his training in December 2009 and then participated in the Trooping the Colour parade about half a year later as part of the Irish Guards, his Luxembourgish apapa's regiment.
|Josef graduates (Photo: British Army)|
While the Principality's Sandhurst history goes back a good thirty years, it's nothing compared to the Grand Ducal Family's association with the Military Academy. It was 1943 in the midst of World War II when Grand Duke Jean completed his education at Sandhurst after having obtained the rank of second lieutenant. His passing-out ceremony on July 28 was attended by his father and the exiled government. On the same day, the future Grand Duke addressed the people of Luxembourg via BBC Radio.
|Jean graduates (Photo: Rue des Archives)|
Naturally all the Luxembourgish royals including Archduke Alexander entered the Academy on behalf of Luxembourg. And all of them were later also commissioned into the Luxembourgish army via grand ducal decree: "Par arrêté grand-ducal du 27 avril 2012 les Princes Wenceslas de Nassau et Alexander de Habsbourg-Lorraine ont été nommés au grade de lieutenant de l’armée luxembourgeoise."