Parachute Regiment 40th anniversary
2017 marked 40 years since The Prince of Wales became Colonel-in-Chief of The Parachute Regiment on 11th June 1977. To celebrate this milestone, His Royal Highness was invited to visit the Regiment in Colchester, on Wednesday 23rd June 2017. His Royal Highness famously underwent military parachute training upon becoming Colonel-in-Chief of this Regiment, completing a number of parachute jumps at R.A.F. Brize Norton. He still wears the tactical recognition badge, denoting a service person has completed parachute training, on all of his uniforms.
The visit started with a Regimental Parade, with elements of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Battalions all present. His Royal Highness presented medals and awards, took the salute from the marching contingent, and watched a daring display jump from the Red Devils Parachute Display Team, who parachuted onto the parade square. One of the team jumped with a flag displaying a large ’40’, which was subsequently folded and presented to His Royal Highness. After the parade, The Prince of Wales joined a photograph with all of the Commanding Officers during his 40 year tenure as Colonel-in-Chief. Following this, he took a short drive in a JACKAL armoured vehicle, and spent time meeting soldiers, officers and families from across the Regiment.