HRH The Prince of Wales visits RGR on their 25th Anniversary

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales paid a visit to 1 Royal Gurkha Rifles (RGR) who were hosting an event to mark the 25th Anniversary of the formation of RGR. The Prince of Wales is also the RGR Colonel-in-Chief.

The event also included a medals parade for the members of the Battalion, Parachute Regiment and other attached personnel who support the Battlegroup including medics and administrative support, who returned from 6 months on Operation TORAL, Afghanistan in May 2019.  306 medals were awarded on the parade. 

RGR was formed on 1st July 1994 as a result of The Government’s announcement for change across in the Army 1991 and with the handing back of Hong Kong. This led to a reduction in the size of the Brigade of Gurkhas. 

Upon arrival HRH The Prince of Wales was met by the Commanding Officer and his arrival marked with a bagpiper from the Regiment.  The National Anthems of the United Kingdom and the Nepal were then performed by the Band of the Brigade of Gurkhas.

Also in attendance were:

  • The Nepali Ambassador – H. E. Dr Durga Bahadur Subedi
  • Lieutenant General Sir Peter Duffell KCB CBE MC
  • Lieutenant General Peter Pearson CB CBE MC
  • Major General J C Lawrence CBE
  • Major General G M Strickland DSO MBE
  • Commander 16 Air Assault Brigade
  • Colonel Brigade of Gurkhas – Colonel James Robinson CBE

Serving members and veterans of the Royal Gurkha Rifles and their families attended the event and Prince Charles was given the opportunity to meet serving Gurkhas, Officers, veterans, families and other guests. 

This was followed by a formal photograph and a cake cutting ceremony, where the Prince of Charles cut the cake with a very large Kukuri. 

The event also saw the opportunity for the Prince of Wales to present:

  • The Prince of Wales Khukuri Award
  • Tuker Award
  • Slim Award

After HRH The Prince of Wales left various sporting events took place, with a Curry buffet and entertainment programme to close a very successful and significant day in the history of the Brigade of Gurkhas. 

Hundreds of photographs from the event can be found on this link. GOOGLE PHOTOS – RGR 25th Shorncliffe

Event photographer: Mr Mick Latter