A Royal guest inspected the new recruits at a police parade.

HRH The Duke of Cambridge inspected the new police constables at Hendon Police complex, along with Commissioner Cressida Dick, at the passing out parade, after which the recruits will be posted to boroughs across London.

The ceremony has been taking place since 1934 and marks a recruit's journey from trainee police officer to probationer.

Commissioner Dick said: "We are honoured to have His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge preside over today’s passing-out parade, making this occasion even more memorable for our new probationary constables.

"My newest officers will very soon be protecting the capital as part of a police service with a global reputation and a proud history.

"There is no doubt that policing is challenging and recent tragic events in London have clearly demonstrated the Met’s professionalism and dedication.

"It is a privilege to serve and the satisfaction of helping the public and making a real difference to the lives of many people offers a great reward, as our new probationers are about to discover.”

The officers performed drills and took the salute in front of friends and families, after which top performing students and family liaison officer, based at Hendon, met the Duke at a reception, after which he planted a cherry tree to commemorate the Metropolitan Police's memorial garden.

HRH Prince Harry also visited the memorial garden in Hendon last October.