On the 25th October 2016 an Investiture was held Buckingham Palace in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen.
This investiture included the award of ‘The Most Excellent order of The British Empire” to three members of the Brigade of Gurkhas family.
Twenty-five Investitures are held each year with up to 120 recipients attending each Investiture.
The Queen enters the Ballroom attended by two Gurkha Orderly Officers – a tradition began in 1876 by Queen Victoria. On duty on the dais are five members of The Queen’s Body Guard of the Yeomen of the Guard, which was created in 1485 by King Henry VII after his victory at the Battle of Bosworth Field. Four Gentlemen Ushers to the Queen are on duty to help look after the recipients and their guests.
Music is provided by the Countess of Wessex’s String Orchestra from the Corps of Army Music.
The Queen is escorted by either the Lord Chamberlain, the Lord Steward or a Lord in Waiting, who after the National Anthem, stands to Her Majesty’s right and announces the name of each recipient and the achievement for which he or she is being decorated. the Queen then invests all recipients with the Insignia of their Award. The Insignia which they receive reflects the Class to which they are appointed.