A Royal Birthday

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We wish our Patron, His Majesty King Charles III, a very happy 75th birthday today.

His Majesty has been Patron of our charity for a number of years, and Colonel in Chief of The Parachute Regiment since 11 June 1977. Upon his appointment as Colonel in Chief, His Majesty requested to take part in a parachute training course, which he completed with other recruits in April 1978. He told his biographer, Jonathan Dimbleby, 15 years later: “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.”

HM King Charles III successfully completed his jumps course in April 1978

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