On Wednesday The Prince of Wales visited the Mercian Regiment boxing gym as part of the Northern Ireland visit. This is day two of Charles and Camilla’s visit to the area.
The Prince watched soldiers at Palace Barracks training for a tournament against their rivals from Scotland. The boxers were preparing for Thursday night’s tournament against a boxing squad from the Royal Regiment of Scotland.
Charles joked with the boxers and posed for photos. He remarked to one of the boxers according to The Belfast Telegraph: “You have not been knocked out yet?”
The Northern Ireland battalion 2 Mercian has carried out five tours of duty in Afghanistan. Having served throughout Helmand Province, the 2 Mercian’s are one of the greatest decorated in the British Army.
The Prince is Colonel-in-chief of the Mercian Regiment, which was started in 2007 in Staffordshire. This was his second visit to meet 2 Mercian.
The Duchess of Cornwall met with families from the Mercian Regiment before joining children for an Easter egg hunt in the garrison church.
“It is very special. We have got a unique bond with the Prince and we treasure it and every time he comes to see us it is a really great day for all the boys, all the families and the children to foster that special relationship that we have with the Royal Family,” commanding officer of 2 Mercian, Lieutenant Colonel Shove Gilby commented on the royal visit.
Royal visits to Northern Ireland are usually not announced in advance for security reasons.