On the 19th of September the United Kingdom and many countries around the world stood still and watched as Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was laid to rest. The livestream was broadcast to around 200 countries and it was estimated that over 4.1 Billion people watched the State Funeral. As the world watched on members of the Brigade of Gurkhas took their place on the parade and in various support roles.
Making up a part of the 4000+ military personnel on parade were the two current Queen’s Gurkha Orderly Officers, Captain Jiwan Prasad Gurung (The Royal Gurkha Rifles) and Captain Narendradhoj Gurung (Queen’s Gurkha Engineers), Gurkhas from Queen’s Gurkha Engineers, the Band of the Brigade of Gurkhas and Pipers from across the Brigade of Gurkhas.
Members of the Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment lined the route as the coffin passed across Horse Guards Parade. Gurkhas from The Second Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles lined the route to Windsor Castle. Marching alongside the Coffin in London and again on the lead up to Windsor Castle was Colonel Dan Rex MVO, who was a past Equerry to The Queen.
A Queen’s Pipe Banner presented to the 6th Queen Elizabeth’s Own Gurkha Rifles by Her Majesty on the 27th of June 1962, was carried on the bagpipes of Sergeant Dipesh Gurung, the Pipe Major from The Royal Gurkha Rifles who was on the parade for the State funeral.