The Brigade of Gurkhas, both serving and retired, will be deeply saddened by the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on the 8th of September 2022. All soldiers and officers of the Brigade of Gurkhas swear allegiance to the Crown and we all know the great respect we hold for the Royal Family and have notably done so for Her Majesty during her reign.
The Royal Family has a long association with the Gurkhas and this was reinforced in 1954 when Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II reintroduced the practice that two Gurkha Officers should be nominated annually as ‘The Queen’s Gurkha Orderly Officers’ (QGOOs). The Queen always insisted on having the QGOOs by her side at public events and other official functions.
During Her Majesty’s long reign, The Queen also cemented the ties between Nepal and the United Kingdom, including through two visits to Nepal, which Her Majesty would often recall fondly on various occasions when meeting with Gurkhas and their families.
I know that all members of the Brigade of Gurkhas would like to join me in respectfully thanking Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for her dedication, service and support to the country but also to the Brigade of Gurkhas and Nepal, and our thoughts are with His Majesty King Charles III and the other members of the Royal family at this difficult time.
Brigade of Gurkhas