Kathmandu G200 celebrations

Nepal celebrated 200 years of Gurkhas this week with three separate Durbars and a reception at the British Embassy in Kathmandu.

The events started with a reception at the Kathmandu Embassy attended by 200 members of the Brigade, its associations and senior officers. This was followed by a large GBA durbar in the Tundikhel in Kathmandu where representatives of all the antecedent regiments as well as the Gurkha Contingent Singapore Police. The Nepalese Army provided at 21 cannon salute, surprising the attending crowds with the overwhelming noise.

An impressive concentration involving the Band of the Brigade of Gurkhas and the Nepalese Army Band had been planned for the afternoon of the durbar, but the weather intevened with teorrential rain and hail causing the stadium based spectacular to sadly be cancelled.

Later in the week Pokhara played host to members of 2GR while Dharan was the site for the 7GR reunion. Both events saw over 2,000 guests attending to catch up with old colleagues and comrades. Various members of each regiment were recognised, including the long standing services of Lt.-Col. John Cross OBE.

A full slideshow selection of the Durbars is available on the Photo Gallery page.