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The Prince of Wales has officially presented the Mercian Regiment with their new colours, following the regiment's formation six years ago.
The regiment recruits many soldiers from the Midlands and today was important as all four batallions came together to welcome the new colours, which Prince Charles said represented their heritage and fighting spirit. Victoria Davies reports.
Captain Jimmy Clark from the 2nd Battalion the Mercian Regiment explains why's it's important for him to receive new military colours.
Major Chris Wood from 2 Mercian explains why the regiment has received new colours from Prince Charles today.
The Prince of Wales has honoured soldiers who fought for the Mercian Regiment who are no longer with us.
His Royal Highness said the new colours represent the heritage, fighting spirit and soul of the regiment.
The old colours are marched out by members of the Mercian Regiment, with a salute from the Prince of Wales.
Prince Charles is in Worcester today to present all four battalions of the Mercian Regiment with their new colours.
A special ceremony is taking place at the Sixways Stadium.
It will be the first time the regimental colours will have been presented since the regiment was formed in 2007.
In his role as Colonel-in-Chief of the Mercian Regiment, Prince Charles will today present all four battalions with their new colours at the Sixways Stadium in Worcester.
Colours are presented every twenty five years and it's the first time all four battalions will be on parade at the same time.
The colours represent the battle honours earned by members of the regiment over the last three hundred years.
The four battalions are split up into:
1st Battalion: 1st Battalion takes its heritage from the 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment, and still draws most of its soldiers from Cheshire and the Wirral.
2nd Battalion: 2nd Battalion takes its heritage from the former Worcestershire & Sherwood Foresters Regiment and recruits soldiers from Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Worcestershire.
3rd Battalion: 3rd Battalion was formerly The Staffordshire Regiment and recruits from Staffordshire, the West Midlands and Birmingham.
4th Battalion: 4th Battalion is the Territorial Army (TA) Battalion of The Mercian Regiment. They are currently deployed in Cyprus.
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The Prince of Wales has presented the Mercian regiment in Worcestershire with their new colours in a ceremony rich with tradition.