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Leicester hosts Armed Forces parade

Nottingham will host Armed Forces Day this year.
Nottingham will host Armed Forces Day this year. Credit: Nottingham City Council

Service men and women of all generations are taking part in a parade in Leicester later on today. The event is being held to celebrate and raise awareness of the past and continuing role of the military, as part of the nation's Armed Forces Day celebrations.

The Leicester event is taking place a week before the national celebrations, which Nottingham is hosting.

Royal British Legion and Veterans' Association Standards, service personnel, veterans and cadets will take part in the Leicester parade.

The parade, which will makes its way through the streets of Leicester, will number more than 300. It will be led by the Seaforth Highlanders Regimental Association Band.

There will be a service in the cathedral before the parade, which will be attended by those who will form the parade.

Prince Charles awards Mercian regiment's new colours - full report

by Victoria Davies

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.

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Regiment prepares for 'new colours' presentation

Mercian Regiment march out at Sixfields Stadium in Worcester Credit: ITV Central News

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.

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