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 awards Mercians' colours

In his role as Colonel-in-Chief of the Mercian Regiment, Prince Charles is in Worcester presenting all four battalions with their new colours.