The Prince of Wales celebrates a milestone with the Parachute Regiment


The Prince of Wales has celebrated his 40th anniversary as Colonel-in-Chief of the Parachute Regiment by watching a spectacular Red Devils display.

The Prince inspects the troops
The Prince of Wales inspects the troops

Wearing his tropical service dress and the regiment's maroon beret, The Prince joined hundreds of families, friends and old soldiers at a military barracks in Colchester for a day of events.

With everyone seated around the parade ground at Merville Barracks all eyes looked to the sky as the Parachute Regiment freefall team - The Red Devils - fell to earth.

The seven men, who are all serving Paras, trailed red smoke behind them as they hurtled to the ground then adjusted their descent and landed gracefully around a target laid out on the ground.

They carried a commemorative flag as a present for The Prince and after making their parachutes safe presented the memento to him.

The Parachute Regiment
The Parachute Regiment

During the day, The Prince was also invited to take a short drive in a Jackal lightly armoured vehicle.