His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales KG KT GCB OM AK QSO PC ADC

{ Colonel in Chief The Parachute Regiment }

His Royal Highness began his career in the Armed Services in March 1971, when he started a four-month attachment with the Royal Air Force at Cranwell, Lincolnshire. On 8th March The Prince flew himself to RAF Cranwell to train as a jet pilot. At his own request, The Prince had received flying instruction from the RAF during his second year at Cambridge University. On 29th July, towards the end of his stay at Cranwell, The Prince of Wales, accompanied by two fellow cadets, made his first parachute drop from an Andover into Studland Bay, Dorset. In September 1971, after the passing out parade at Cranwell, The Prince embarked on a naval career, following in the footsteps of his father, grandfather and both his great-grandfathers.

The six-week course at the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, was followed by service on the guided missile destroyer HMS Norfolk and two frigates. The Prince qualified as a helicopter pilot in 1974 before joining 845 Naval Air Squadron, which operated from the Commando carrier HMS Hermes. On 9th February 1976, The Prince took command of the coastal minehunter HMS Bronington and left the navy in December 1976.

The Prince of Wales holds honorary rank and appointments in many branches and Regiments of the Armed Services. On being appointed Colonel in Chief The Parachute Regiment on 11th June 1977, The Prince asked to take part in the Parachute Training Course and in 1978 he attended Parachute Course 841a at RAF Brize Norton.

The course lasted from the 17th to the 28th April 1978. The Prince felt he could not "look them in the eye" or wear The Parachute Regiment's famous Red Beret and Para Wings, unless he had done the course. He told his biographer, Jonathan Dimbleby, 15 years later:

"I felt I should lead from the front or at least be able to do some of the things that one expects others to do for the country."   

In 2006, The Prince was promoted to Admiral in the Royal Navy, General in the Army and Air Chief Marshal in the Royal Air Force. As Colonel in Chief The Parachute Regiment, The Prince avidly visits the Regiment as shown below and takes a personal interest in supporting where he can bereaved families and the wounded. 

At the end of a busy operational year for the Regiment The Prince presented Afghanistan Campaign Medals in Colchester on 2nd December 2008 and formally opened Airborne Assault, the new Museum of The Parachute Regiment and Airborne Forces on 8th December 2008.

 

 

 

 

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  • His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales at The Parachute Regiment Depot, 10 September 2015.

    His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales at The Parachute Regiment Depot, 10 September 2015.

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  • HRH The Prince of Wales with young recruits, 10 September 2015.

    HRH The Prince of Wales with young recruits, 10 September 2015.

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  • HRH The Prince of Wales with 'Baz' Roberts and Bob Hood, Ballykinler, 1979-81.

    HRH The Prince of Wales with 'Baz' Roberts and Bob Hood, Ballykinler, 1979-81.

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  • HRH Prince of Wales addresses the parade, Wattisham Flying Station, 9 May 2013.

    HRH Prince of Wales addresses the parade, Wattisham Flying Station, 9 May 2013.

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  • A member of 3 Regt AAC receives his OSM from HRH Prince of Wales, Wattisham, 9 May 2013.

    A member of 3 Regt AAC receives his OSM from HRH Prince of Wales, Wattisham, 9 May 2013.

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  • HRH Prince of Wales presents a trophy to Major Beattie, Wattisham, 9 May 2013.

    HRH Prince of Wales presents a trophy to Major Beattie, Wattisham, 9 May 2013.

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  • HRH Prince of Wales with Gen Sir Anthony Farrar-Hockley, Bruneval Commemoration, 19/20 June 1982.

    HRH Prince of Wales with Gen Sir Anthony Farrar-Hockley, Bruneval Commemoration, 19/20 June 1982.

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  • HRH Prince of Wales greets veterans at the Airborne Forces Memorial, NMA 13 July 2012.

    HRH Prince of Wales greets veterans at the Airborne Forces Memorial, NMA 13 July 2012.

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  • HRH Prince of Wales and the Col Commandant review the Airborne Forces Memorial at the NMA, 13 July 2012.

    HRH Prince of Wales and the Col Commandant review the Airborne Forces Memorial at the NMA, 13 July 2012.

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  • The Colonel in Chief and Col Commandant with the sculptors at the Airborne Forces Memorial, NMA 13 July 2012.

    The Colonel in Chief and Col Commandant with the sculptors at the Airborne Forces Memorial, NMA 13 July 2012.

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  • HRH Prince of Wales talks to the sculptors of the National Memorial at the NMA, 13 July 2012.

    HRH Prince of Wales talks to the sculptors of the National Memorial at the NMA, 13 July 2012.

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  • Bedraggled VIPs at the service of dedication for the Airborne Forces National Memorial, NMA 13 July 2012.

    Bedraggled VIPs at the service of dedication for the Airborne Forces National Memorial, NMA 13 July 2012.

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  • The Colonel in Chief and the Colonel Commandant attending the dedication ceremony at the NMA, 13 July 2012.

    The Colonel in Chief and the Colonel Commandant attending the dedication ceremony at the NMA, 13 July 2012.

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  • The Colonel in Chief and the Colonel Commandant attending the dedication ceremony at the NMA, 13 July 2012.

    The Colonel in Chief and the Colonel Commandant attending the dedication ceremony at the NMA, 13 July 2012.

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  • HRH The Prince of Wales and Greg Allen, 1 PARA, just prior to going to Kosovo, 1999.

    HRH The Prince of Wales and Greg Allen, 1 PARA, just prior to going to Kosovo, 1999.

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  • HRH Prince Charles speaks to Paul Aller at the 60th Aniversary of D-Day, 2004

    HRH Prince Charles speaks to Paul Aller at the 60th Aniversary of D-Day, 2004

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  • Pte Stuart Mathewson meets HRH Prince of Wales at Redford Barracks, Edinburgh, 1982

    Pte Stuart Mathewson meets HRH Prince of Wales at Redford Barracks, Edinburgh, 1982

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  • Gen Sir Geoffrey Howlett stands with HRH Prince of Wales during PARA 90 celebrations, 1990

    Gen Sir Geoffrey Howlett stands with HRH Prince of Wales during PARA 90 celebrations, 1990

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  • Shan Hackett and HRH Prince Charles at Arnhem 50th Anniversary, 1994

    Shan Hackett and HRH Prince Charles at Arnhem 50th Anniversary, 1994

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  • Nienke and Hiltje Van Eck with HRH Prince of Wales and Maj Tony Hibbert, Arnhem 50th anniversary, 1994

    Nienke and Hiltje Van Eck with HRH Prince of Wales and Maj Tony Hibbert, Arnhem 50th anniversary, 1994

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  • Original Double Hills Market Garden Memorial

    Original Double Hills Market Garden Memorial

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  • Eric Tripp alongside other veterans at the Airborne Assault opening

    Eric Tripp alongside other veterans at the Airborne Assault opening

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  •  His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales' parachute course at No 1 Parachute Training School, 1978.

    His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales' parachute course at No 1 Parachute Training School, 1978.

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  •  His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales during a medal ceremony at Merville Barracks in December 2008

    His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales during a medal ceremony at Merville Barracks in December 2008

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  • Prince Charles being shown shown a Sterling SMG by a L/Cpl of A Coy 4 PARA at Pudsey, 1970

    Prince Charles being shown shown a Sterling SMG by a L/Cpl of A Coy 4 PARA at Pudsey, 1970

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  • Major Paul Mort, HRH The Prince of Wales with The Regimental Colonel and Lt Col Radbourne, 10 September 2015.

    Major Paul Mort, HRH The Prince of Wales with The Regimental Colonel and Lt Col Radbourne, 10 September 2015.

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  • His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales visits The Parachute Regiment Depot, 10 September 2015.

    His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales visits The Parachute Regiment Depot, 10 September 2015.

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  • HRH Prince of Wales with OC Capt Andrews and members of Pathfinder Platoon, Salisbury Plain, 1979.

    HRH Prince of Wales with OC Capt Andrews and members of Pathfinder Platoon, Salisbury Plain, 1979.

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  • Warrant Officers' and Sgts' Mess, presentation of new Colours to 10 PARA, Duke of Yorks Barracks London 3 June 1983.

    Warrant Officers' and Sgts' Mess, presentation of new Colours to 10 PARA, Duke of Yorks Barracks London 3 June 1983.

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  • Group photo of Depot PARA Sergeants Mess, Airborne Forces Day, Aldershot, 1978

    Group photo of Depot PARA Sergeants Mess, Airborne Forces Day, Aldershot, 1978

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  • HRH The Prince of Wales meets Parachute Regiment veterans on Airborne Forces Day, Rushmoor Arena, 1990

    HRH The Prince of Wales meets Parachute Regiment veterans on Airborne Forces Day, Rushmoor Arena, 1990

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  • Regimental Mascot leading march past on Falklands Memorial Day 1st October 1982

    Regimental Mascot leading march past on Falklands Memorial Day 1st October 1982

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  • Newspaper cutting of 40th anniversary D-Day commemorations, 6 June 1984

    Newspaper cutting of 40th anniversary D-Day commemorations, 6 June 1984

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