THE PRINCE OF WALES WILL VISIT THE MERCIAN REGIMENT ON SALISBURY PLAIN
Thursday 23rd November 2023
The Prince of Wales, Colonel-in-Chief, 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment, will visit the Regiment for the first time on Thursday 23rd November at Salisbury Plain.
The Prince was appointed Colonel-in-Chief of 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment by His Majesty The King in August this year. This visit will give His Royal Highness the opportunity to have a firsthand introduction to the regiment, meet service personnel from different departments and see the armoured infantry work the regiment carries out.
Created in 2007, the Mercian Regiment provides the fighting element of the British Armed Forces and consists of service personnel recruited from the five counties that formed the ancient kingdom of Mercia: Cheshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Staffordshire and Worcestershire. The Mercian Regiment has been deployed on more than ten operational tours since its formation, making it one of the most operationally experienced regiments.
On arrival on Salisbury Plain, the Prince will receive a briefing on the work the regiment has been carrying out recently, including its preparation for Op LINOTYPER 24 next year. The operation will see 12th Armoured Brigade Combat Team (12 ABCT) be deployed to Poland to provide a range of services including combat engineering, bridge crossing and air defence.
Following this, His Royal Highness will receive a briefing on a Warrior Armoured Fighting Vehicle before being taken into the vehicle to observe an attack exercise on Salisbury Plain.
Finally, the Prince will meet groups of service personnel to hear about their different roles and experiences in the regiment.