Prince Charles donned military dress to present new colours to the Parachute Regiment today.
Charles, 73, who has been Colonel-in-Chief of the regiment since 1977, looked smart in his tropical service dress and the regiment’s maroon beret for the visit to Merville Barracks, Colchester, this morning.
The royal was on hand to present the regiment with new regimental flags, or ‘colours’, and inspected the troops during the visit.
Charles, 73, who has been Colonel-in-Chief of the regiment since 1977, donned his tropical service dress and the regiment’s maroon beret for the visit to Merville Barracks, Colchester
To mark the occasion the Clarence House Instagram account shared photos from Prince Charles’s first parachute drop at the age of 23
Whilst training as a jet pilot during a four-month attachment with the RAF in 1971, His Royal Highness made his first parachute drop from an Andover into Studland Bay, Dorset, pictured
Charles also watched a display by the Red Devils.
To mark the occasion the Clarence House Instagram account shared photos from Prince Charles’s first parachute drop at the age of 23.
Whilst training as a jet pilot during a four-month attachment with the RAF in 1971, His Royal Highness made his first parachute drop from an Andover into Studland Bay, Dorset.
Photos show the young prince strapping himself in ahead of the flight.
During the visit Prince Charles watched a display by the Red Devils (pictured, watching)
Prince Charles looked up in awe as the Red Devils zoomed past overhead during the visit
Prince Charles presenting the Parachute Regiment with their new colours during the event
Prince Charles inspects the front rank of representatives from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Battalions of the Parachute Regiment
Prince Charles spoke to the Red Devils during the visit to Merville Barracks on Tuesday
Charles inspects the front rank of representatives from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Battalions of the Parachute Regiment
The Parachute Regiment Mascot, a Shetland pony named Pegasus, also took part in the event
Prince Charles delivered a speech during the ceremony thanking the regiment for their serivce
Prince Charles strode ahead in his military uniform as he inspected the front rank of troops
Upon his appointment as Colonel in Chief of The Parachute Regiment in 1977, The Prince requested to join a Parachute Training Course at RAF Brize Norton in 1978.
In the decades since Charles has regularly visits the Regiment and takes personal interest in supporting bereaved families and the wounded.
Earlier in the day, the Duchess of Cornwall was also out visiting a children’s hospice in Oxford.
Camilla, 73, looked lovely as she donned a black patterned frock and chatted to families at Helen and Douglas House.
The royal sported the dress which grazed just below her knee and featured a white collar detail, which she paired with some cream court heels.
She met with one mother, Vaida Ali and her nine-year-old daughter Fatima, and held the little girls hand and admired her dress as she chatted.
Camilla also spoke to Kim O’Grady and her son Toby, seven, and was pictured waving at the young boy.
It comes after it was reported Prince Charles is refusing to give Prince Edward the title of Duke of Edinburgh following the death of Prince Philip despite his younger brother being tipped to inherit it more than 20 years ago.
Since being appointed to the role, His Royal Highness regularly visits the Regiment and takes personal interest in supporting bereaved families and the wounded. Pictured, Charles today
Prince Charles looked smart in his tropical military dress as he inspected the troops today
The royal, who takes a personal interest in the regiment, inspecting the troops at the barracks
Charles wore his military medals displayed proudly on his chest for the visit to the barracks
Prince Charles, 73, made the solo visit to Merville Barracks early on Tuesday morning
The dukedom was expected to be passed to Edward after Buckingham Palace announced in 1999 that he would succeed his father ‘in due course’ with both his parents’ blessing.
He was instead granted the Earl of Wessex title by the Queen after his marriage to Sophie Rhys-Jones that same year.
But upon Prince Philip’s death in April this year at age 99 the title immediately reverted to Philip’s eldest son, Charles, in line with royal tradition set out in the Letters Patent issued when George VI gave Philip the title in 1947.
It is thought that Charles is now deciding whether to grant the title to Edward, another member of his family, or leave it in abeyance.
He is said to be considering breaking the 1999 pledge as he assesses his own future, The Sunday Times has said.
Prince Charles saluted the troops as they paraded past him during today’s event
Prince Charles presented the Paras with New Colours during the ceremony today