Ellicott gifts Prince Charles with Majesty watch


HRH presented with watch at Colchester Merville Barracks parade.

English watch brand Ellicott has presented HRH The Prince of Wales with a specially hand-engraved watch from its own collection.

Prince Charles was given the Majesty MG3 watch 18ct pink gold at a presentation in support of The Parachute Regiment, of which Prince Charles is Colonel In Chief.

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The presentation took place at Colchester’s Merville Barracks. At a special parade for the Regiment, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall presented Operational Service Medals to soldiers from 2nd, 3rd and 4th Battalions, who have recently returned from a six-month deployment to Helmand Province.

Pierre-André Finazzi, CEO of Ellicott, said: "It was a tremendous honour for Ellicott and myself to present this timepiece to The Prince Of Wales in support of The Parachute Regiment, thereby completing a historical journey over the centuries as watchmaker to King George III."

Some 600 hundred soldiers who had completed their first tour received their medals, with Their Royal Highnesses presenting medals to around 120 soldiers each.

Prince Charles spoke at the event, commended the soldiers for their hard work: "Once again, the Parachute Regiment has excelled in the dangerous and demanding environment of Afghanistan, and you have given hope to local people."

"These achievements have come at a terrible cost and as you stand here it is only right that we pay tribute to the friends and colleagues who didn’t make it home. To the wounded, your courage and determination to overcome your injuries is utterly humbling…The selfless service and commitment you have all given is unwavering and this country owes you all a very special debt of gratitude."

The Ellicott dynasty began in 1687 in London, in 1738 John Ellicott was appointed watchmaker to King George III.

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