Prince Charles went on a trip down memory lane during a visit to a parachute base in Llangeinor, Wales today.
The royal was presented with a black and white photograph of himself during a parachute jump after leaping from a plane.
The 67-year-old was at Airbourne system, which designs and manufactures military parachutes and specialist aerial equipment as part of a series of official visits.
Charles beamed as he was handed a black and white photograph of himself parachuting during a visit to Airbourne Systems in Llangeinor, Wales
The photo was undated but was clearly from several decades ago due to quality of the image, sourced from when the 67-year-old was serving in the military
Although the date of the photograph is unknown, Charles became Colonel-in-Chief of the Parachute Regiment in 1977 after leaving the Navy.
By how own request he went through their jump training course and became qualified as a parachutist as he couldn’t look other paras ‘in the eye’ or wear the uniform unless he could jump out of a plane in mid-air.
He began his busy day by visiting a primary school in the town of Llanelli when Charles gave children a day to remember by popping in to say hello.
He was greeted by hundreds of young well-wishers brandishing the Welsh flag outside Stebonheath Primary School to see a new water drainage system before meeting staff and pupils ahead of a concert in the school hall.
The visit, which comes ahead of St David’s Day next week, saw youngsters welcome Charles while wearing traditional Welsh costumes as well as waving the national flag.
Charles also listened to year two teacher Jade Edwards read a story in the playground.
Prince Charles has returned to his namesake part of the country today where he will take part in a series of various engagements. Here he is greeted by hundreds of young well wishers at a school in Llanelli
The Prince began his day at Stebonheath Primary in the village located in Camartheshire where several pupils were pictured in traditional Welsh costume
She said: ‘In their own words, the children thought the prince was awesome.
‘He was really interested in the story I was reading – which is about the well-known story of Gelert – the dog of Welsh prince Llewelyn.
‘It was so lovely to see their faces light up when he came over, and it’s a day they will never forget.’
The busy Prince will then end the day back in Carmarthenshire, at Llandovery Rugby Club.
A Clarence House spokeswoman said the last engagement was especially as Charles is a patron of the semi-professional side, which formed back in 1881.
She added: ‘The Prince will meet the club’s youth team as they take part in a practice session on the pitch, before attending a reception with supporters, volunteers, staff and players.
‘His Highness has been a patron since 2009 and its clubhouse, which was built by volunteers, is a hub for many local organisations including the Young Farmers Club and The University of the Third Age.’
He was there to see the school’s high-tech rain water system, as well as meeting staff and pupils ahead of a concert in the school hall
But apart from the pleasant surprise of seeing his old parachute picture, there were no more shocks following yesterday’s rather dramatic engagement at Brewer’s Hall in London.
The Prince of Wales questioned if his Duchy Originals beer had caused an 83-year-old to faint when the man collapsed as he made a speech at the hall.
During the visit, where the prince was being made an honorary Liveryman, Roddy Pryor, a past master of the Livery, fainted.
Following his visit to the school Charles will then head to the Bridgend base of Airborne Systems, which designs and manufactures military parachutes and specialist aerial equipment, before visiting telecoms cable maker Prysmian in Aberdare to officially open the firm’s new customer services centre
Charles interrupted his speech, saying ‘Oh dear, is that the effects of Duchy beer?’, as the brand he established was being served at the event.
Mr Pryor, who was master of Brewers’ Company in 1980, cut his eye and forehead as he fell.
Paramedics attended the scene and Charles asked how Mr Pryor was, adding: ‘I hope he’s all right.’
Mr Pryor’s faint was attributed to ‘standing for too long’ and ‘the heat of the room’, a representative of the Brewers’ Company told the Press Association.
‘He’s absolutely fine. He was given a clean bill of health by the paramedics and walked downstairs, getting his pre-booked taxi home like any other guest.
Yesterday Charles was made an honorary liveryman at the Brewer’s Hall in London. Pictured: The Prince with Miles Jenner, right, Master of the Brewers
His visit became rather dramatic after an 83-year-old to faint when the man collapsed as he made a speech at the hall leaving the royal to question whether it had been the effects of his Duchy beer
Charles interrupted his speech, saying ‘Oh dear, is that the effects of Duchy beer?’, as the brand he established was being served at the event. Pictured: The prince samples Royal Stout
‘It was the heat of the room and he had been standing for too long,’ he said, adding that Mr Pryor had said he was ‘too stubborn’ to sit down.
The ceremony in the City of London took place in front of 20 other Liverymen and guests.
During his acceptance speech, Charles spoke of his Pub is the Hub initiative which offers advice and support to licensees and owners who wish to offer community services from their pub.
The prince said: ‘I’m so worried about a loss of rural pubs.
‘The great thing was to try and ensure that we could at least keep some of these places going by finding new uses…so that’s what we’ve managed to do.’
Charles spoke of his Pub is the Hub initiative which offers advice and support to licensees and owners who wish to offer community services from their pub.
Expressing his gratitude for being made a Liveryman, he said: ‘Nothing could make me more proud if I may say so. Quite why you wanted to, I don’t know – whatever it is, I’m deeply touched.’
Current Master of the Livery Miles Jenner said he was ‘tremendously honoured’ by the prince’s visit.
The Brewers’ Company is one of the oldest Livery Companies in the City of London, established by a Royal Charter granted by Henry VI in 1438.
The prince was shown the charter as part of his visit.
Charles has been involved in the brewing industry for many years and, in 2002, the Prince was named Beer Drinker of the Year by the All Party Parliamentary Beer Group.