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Today is Her Majesty The Queen’s 94th Birthday.

21st April 2020

The Queen's Truncheon presented to Her Majesty

Today is Her Majesty The Queen's 94th Birthday. Happy Birthday from all members of the Brigade of Gurkhas both past and present.

The image here was taken in 2019 when the Royal Gurkha Rifles formally presented The Queen’s Truncheon to Her Majesty The Queen in a private ceremony inside Buckingham Palace in the 1844 room. This was part of the 25th Anniversary celebrations since the formation of The Royal Gurkha Rifles.

The history of the Truncheon stems back to when the Sirmoor Battalion was awarded an honourary colour for their bravery and service at the Siege of Delhi in 1857. When the Sirmoors became a rifle regiment however, the colour was replaced by a Truncheon as rifle regiments did not carry colours at the time. When the Royal Gurkha Rifles were formed out of 2, 6, 7 and 10 Gurkha Rifles in 1994 they took over the honour of keeping the Truncheon which now resides in Shorncliffe with the UK Royal Gurkha Rifles battalion.

The second image below was from June 2015 when The Queen’s Truncheon was presented to Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, at Buckingham Palace as part Gurkha 200 celebrations.


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