10 soldiers, the Commander and the Gurkha Major from 10 The Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment were on parade for Hampshire’s The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee event on Thursday 10th February in Winchester.
The event included unveiling of a life-sized bronze statue of ‘Licoricia of Winchester’ a prominent medieval Jewish woman and her son, which now resides outside The Arc Winchester on Jewry Street, the historic centre of the city’s Jewish community, and where Licoricia was known to have lived. ‘Licoricia of Winchester’ commemorates the history of Winchester’s medieval Jewish community and their royal connections – inspiring women, young people and promoting tolerance and diversity today. The statue is an important symbol of tolerance and diversity, a message echoed by all faiths, and marked the start of Hampshire’s special Platinum Jubilee year.
The statue was unveiled by Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire, Nigel Atkinson Esq on behalf of His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales who was unable to attend.
The statue unveiling was followed by a civic reception in the Great Hall, Winchester where led by Sergeant Min Gurung, the Gurkhas provided a Guard of Honour and Royal Salute.