His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam visited The Second Battalion, The Royal Gurkha Rifles (2RGR) to bid them a fond farewell following five years of service in Brunei. His Majesty is the 29th of his line, which dates back to the fourteenth century. Being the eldest son, he became Crown Prince in 1961 and ascended the Throne on 5th October 1967 following the voluntary abdication of his father, Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien.
2 RGR cherished the opportunity and were honoured to host HRH as they begin moving to the UK and joining 16 Air Assault Brigade Combat Team. They will be based in Shorncliffe UK and The First Battalion, The Royal Gurkha Rifles will replace them in Brunei.
It has been a tough five years in Brunei for many of the Soldiers and Officers, on what should only be a three-year assignment, but COVID-19 travel restrictions around the world meant that the planned change with the First Battalion has been delayed twice.
During 2 RGR’s time in Brunei they have exercised and trained many times in the Jungle environment and worked closely with The Royal Brunei Armed Forces. They have also supported the Brunei Government without COVID-19 support when there was a need for additional manpower to protect the population.