Earlier today, The Prince of Wales, Colonel-in-Chief, The Mercian Regiment, visited 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment to mark ten years as Colonel-in-Chief as well as forty years since becoming Colonel-in-Chief of the Cheshire Regiment.
Prince Charles visited Bulford Camp in Wiltshire to mark his decade-long association with The Mercian Regiment, having become Colonel-in-Chief ten years ago. Prior to the Mercian Regiment, HRH held the position of Colonel-in-Chief of The Cheshire Regiment, which in 2007 became part of the Mercian Regiment.
Since 2007, the Mercian Regiment been leading operations in the Middle East deploying twice to Iraq and seven times to Afghanistan.
The regiment is currently based in Chester, Bulford and Wolverhampton. The three Battalions include light role infantry, armoured infantry equipped with the Warrior Infantry Fighting Vehicle, and an Army Reserve Infantry Battalion.
Charles was welcomed by an honour guard which included Private Derby XXII, the Mercian’s Regiments Swaledale Ram, and Regimental Mascot.
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The first Private Derby dated back to 1858 but did not become a mascot of the Mercian Regiment until 2007.
Prince Charles presented operations medals to soldiers who have recently returned from Iraq and South Sudan as well as Long Service and Good Conduct medals. Following the medal presentation, Charles attended a reception in the Warrant Officers’ and Sergeants’ Mess for officers, soldiers, and families from all three battalions.
As the day began to wrap up, HRH watched a quick presentation of the regiment showcasing its equipment and abilities. During this time, The Prince of Wales was able to see some of the equipment up close before gathering for a regimental photo.