The Prince of Wales hailed Gurkhas as “the very best of soldiers” as he helped mark RGR’s 21st anniversary during a visit to Sir John Moore Barracks in Shorncliffe on Wednesday 1 July 2015
The Prince of Wales visited Sir John Moore Barracks in Folkestone as the 2nd Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles celebrated its 21st birthday amid the Gurkha 200 celebrations.
He arrived by helicopter for a briefing with Colonel BG and Colonel 2RGR prior to meeting the soldiers and families on the playing fields at the barracks.
The heir to the British Throne then watched the Band of the Brigade of Gurkhas Sound the Retreat before he gave a short speech before awarding the Prince of Wales Kukri to CSgt Jiwan Gurung and the Tuker award to Capt Carl Shroeder. These awards are given to the Officer and other ranks member who best furthers the name of the regiment.
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The Prince was then invited to cut the RGR Birthday cake using a large regimental kukri.
The celebrations on Wednesday were an international event with both the Battalion in Shorncliffe and its counterpart in Brunei holding separate parties to mark the event with the troops and their families enjoying a day of food, music and events like tug of war.
The Royal Gurkha Rifles was formed in 1994 from the amalgamation of four previous regiments of Gurkhas, but their history goes back to 1815, when Gurkhas first served the British Crown.
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This event has been especially poignant with the Gurkhas as a whole also celebrating 200 years of service to the crown, which has been recognised by a number of Royal visits to events held through the year so far.