The Prince inspects the troops
The Prince of Wales has celebrated his 40th anniversary as Colonel-in-Chief of the Parachute Regiment by watching a spectacular Red Devils display.
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
During the day, The Prince was also invited to take a short drive in a Jackal lightly armoured vehicle.
To mark 40 years of Colonel-in-Chief of @TheParachuteReg, HRH is invited to take a short drive in a Jackal lightly… https://t.co/5XRz0BQkEo
To mark 40 years of Colonel-in-Chief of @TheParachuteReg, HRH is invited to take a short drive in a Jackal lightly… https://t.co/5XRz0BQkEo— Clarence House (@ClarenceHouse) 23rd June 2017