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Prince Charles to present Mercian Regiment with new colours

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.

The Prince of Wales, Colonel- in- Chief The Mercian Regiment Credit: PA

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 Prince of Wales is introduced to Pte Derby XXVIII, a pedigree Swaledale ram, who is the Regimental Mascot of the Mercian Regiment Credit: PA

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.

The 3rd Battalion, The Mercian Regiment (Staffords) march through Lichfield, 2011 Credit: PA

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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Prince Charles greeted by pupils at new academy

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Prince Charles has been greeted by pupils at The Co-Operative Academy in Stoke-on-Trent, as part of his visit to the city.

The academy moved to its new £23m building in September 2012.

The Prince of Wales is returning to the city to view the progress which is being made by his charities in their efforts to regenerate Stoke-on-Trent.

Prince Charles arrives in Stoke-on-Trent

Prince Charles was last in Stoke-on-Trent in January 2013. Credit: ITV News Central

The Prince of Wales has returned to Stoke-on-Trent to see the progress being made by his charities, in an effort to regenerate the city.

He began his visit in The Co-Operative Academy in Tunstall, where he met graduates, pupils and youth leaders.

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Prince Charles "boosts morale" at Birmingham hospital

Prince Charles has been in the region to visit military patients at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.

Staff and patients gathered to catch a glimpse of the Prince before he went to the military ward to carry out private visits.

He comes every year just before Christmas, bringing presents for servicemen and women injured in Afghanistan. Hospital staff say his visits help to boost morale.

In pictures: Prince Charles at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Prince Charles is at the queen Elizabeth hospital to visit injured servicemen and women. He has brought presents for soldiers.

The Prince last visited the hospital on 22 June this year Credit: ITV Central

The Prince of Wales is a regular visitor to the hospital which treats injured service personnel.

The Prince of Wales meeting hospital staff Credit: ITV Central

HRH visits the hospital twice a year, usually in the summer and at Christmas. Staff say his visits help boost morale for men and women returning from Afghanistan with injuries.

Prince Charles speaking to the British forces foundation Credit: ITV Central
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