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In Pictures: Charles has right royal laugh with regiment’s ram mascot

The Prince of Wales visited the 1st Battalion the Mercian Regiment to mark 10 years as its colonel-in-chief – and met Private Derby XXII.

The Prince of Wales met one of the newest recruits to the Mercian Regiment – a ram called Private Derby XXXII – when he visited Bulford Camp near Salisbury.

Charles was at the military base to mark his 10 years as colonel-in-chief of the fighting force.

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The Prince of Wales inspects troops and meets Private Derby XXII, a Swaledale Ram and the Regimental Mascot during his visit to the 1st Battalion the Mercian Regiment
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Royal visit to Bulford Camp
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The Prince of Wales meets Private Derby XXII, a Swaledale Ram and the Regimental Mascot during his visit to the 1st Battalion the Mercian Regiment
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The Prince of Wales inspects troops during his visit to the 1st Battalion the Mercian Regiment
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Royal visit to Bulford Camp
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The Prince of Wales during his visit to the 1st Battalion the Mercian Regiment
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Royal visit to Bulford Camp
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The Prince of Wales inspects troops during his visit to the 1st Battalion the Mercian Regiment (Peter Nicholls/PA Wire)
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Prince Charles also rode in a Warrior Tracked Armoured Vehicle... (Peter Nicholls/PA)
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...after his helmet was adjusted (Peter Nicholls/PA)

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