THE Prince of Wales has agreed to become the Colonel in Chief of the unit which the Cheshire Regiment will join next year.
Writing to members of the regimental association, the Cheshires' colonel, Brigadier Andrew Sharpe, confirmed Prince Charles had agreed to take up the ceremonial position as head of the Mercian Regiment.
He also updated old soldiers on other details of the merger between the Cheshires and two other regiments, the Worcesters and Sherwood Foresters' Regiment and the Staffordshires, which have just been thrashed out by their respective representatives.
The Mercian Regiment will actually come into being on September 1, 2007, with an official formation parade taking place somewhere in the centre of its recruiting area.
Regimental HQ will be at Lichfield in Staffordshire.
The Cheshires' present headquarters at Chester Castle will remain as a regimental outstation and, according to Brig Sharpe, will be properly manned, although the post of assistant regimental secretary will be axed.
Both the regimental museum and social club, also within the castle, will be unaffected by the merger.
The Cheshires will retain some of their identity by becoming the 1st Battalion the Mercian Regiment.