To mark this year’s G200 Celebration for the Brigade of Gurkhas Service to the British Crown dating back from 1815 – 2015 an “idea” was forged by Maj Khusiman Gurung MVO Ex 1 RGR (Coordinator) to host a Dinner Night at the Old College Royal Military Academy Sandhurst on Saturday 8 August.
All available serving and retired Queen’s Gurkha Orderly Officers (QGOOs) living in the UK and abroad attended this memorable event,some even travelling from Nepal and overseas.
History of how the QGOOs originated dates back to the British Empire period in India when Queen Victoria in 1876 established this position comprising 6 Indian Army Orderly Officers including Gurkhas to attend to the Sovereign. This number was reduced to 4 Orderly Officers when King Edward VII was crowned in 1901. Again the number was reduced to 2 QGOOs in 1954 by HM The Queen until to date. The QGOOs are the best selected Officers from their Regiments across the Brigade for their 1 -2 years tenure. Their primary role is to attend Investiture duties held in Buckingham Palace for HM The Queen and any other Royal State occasions required which is normally coordinated by The Royal Household. And also to support the Gurkha Welfare Trust events across the UK as and when required. At the end of their tenure as QGOO, Her Majesty the Queens invests them as Members of the Victorian Order (MVO) for their loyal service to the Crown.
This year, a series of Celebrations have taken place to mark this remarkable milestone of Gurkhas in the UK and Nepal. Gurkhas have been an integral part of the British Army for the past 200 years and we all hope this tradition will be maintained for many years to come.
Below is a short clip of the MVOs Dinner Night which has been edited by Everest Times: