‘I could not be more proud of you!’ Prince Charles praises ‘outstanding’ Parachute Regiment

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The Prince of Wales has hailed the Parachute Regiment as an “outstanding credit to the country,” expressing admiration in its effort to lead the evacuation effort from Kabul.

Prince Charles who is Colonel-in-Chief of the Parachute Regiment wrote to the troops praising their “indomitable Para spirit” and “ready for anything” attitude.

In his letter to the troops, the future king wrote:

“You are not only an outstanding credit to the Parachute Regiment but also to this country, which, without doubt, is more fortunate than it can know in having such dedicated and courageous people as yourselves ready to step forward at such a crucial time of need. 

“I could not be more proud of you.”

The Prince acknowledged the “incredibly challenging situation” the troops had faced and said he was “full of admiration” for the vital contribution they had made in helping those in need of support.

He also noted the sheer scale of the pressure the troops were under, particularly with “the eyes of the world watching,” but said the troops’ “impeccable conduct and professionalism” was second to none.

Prince Charles ended the letter with the regiment’s latin motto “Utrinque Paratus” meaning “ready for anything.”

Prince Charles holds honorary rank and appointments in many branches and Regiments of the British Armed Services. However, on being appointed Colonel in Chief of the Parachute Regiment in 1977, the Prince asked to take part in the Parachute Training Course and in 1978 he attended and passed the gruelling Parachute Course 841a at RAF Brize Norton.

The Prince said he 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. Years later he told his biographer, Jonathan Dimbleby:

“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.”   

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