09/02/2018 16:36 GMT

In Pictures: Charles Has Right Royal Laugh With Regiment’S Ram Mascot

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.

The royal was all smiles as he met the regimental mascot (Peter Nicholls/PA)

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The 20-month-old Swaledale ram, who has a reputation for being feisty, was happy to be stroked by Charles (Peter Nicholls/PA)

The ram, who only took up its role a few weeks ago, was introduced by Ram Major Corporal Philip Thornton and Ram Orderly Private Lee Bradbury (Peter Nicholls/PA)

The Mercian Regiment has deployed twice to Iraq and seven times to Afghanistan since its foundation in 2007 (Peter Nicholls/PA)

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Its capabilities include a light role infantry battalion, an armoured infantry battalion equipped with the Warrior fighting vehicle, and an Army Reserve battalion (Peter Nicholls/PA)

Charles wore combat fatigues, black boots and a beret for the visit (Peter Nicholls/PA)

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He spent time chatting to recruits … (Peter Nicholls/PA)

… sharing a laugh or two as well (Peter Nicholls/PA)

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Prince Charles also rode in a Warrior Tracked Armoured Vehicle… (Peter Nicholls/PA)

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… after his helmet had been adjusted (Peter Nicholls/PA)