Today The Prince of Wales, in his role as Colonel-in-Chief, visited the 1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles to mark the 25th anniversary of their formation.
During the visit, His Royal Highness presented operational medals to members of the Battalion for their recent deployment to Afghanistan. The Prince also presented three major annual Regimental awards: The Prince of Wales Kukuri, the Tuker Award and the Slim Award.
Following the medal parade, The Prince was presented with a Mala, the traditional Nepalese flower garland, made up of the Regimental colours: green, black and red.
His Royal Highness later met with families of the Regiment and using a large kuri, a traditional Nepalese knife, cut a celebratory silver anniversary cake, especially baked by the Gurkha’s own chefs.
The Prince recently wrote the foreword for a book marking the 25th anniversary. Within it, he wrote:
During the last 25 years, I have felt incredibly proud to see so many members of the Regiment receiving their honours and awards for their gallantry and leadership.