The Prince of Wales has praised Nepali Gurkhas as “the very best of soldiers”.
Prince Charles made the comment as he helped mark the 21st anniversary of Britain’s famed Gurkha regiment during a ceremony at the regiment’s Kent barracks on Wednesday.
Charles wearing a grey suit, regimental tie, Gurkha bicentenary badge and Gurkha Rifles medal posed for a regimental photograph alongside 375 Royal Gurkhas before cutting a cake with a traditional Nepali Kukri knife.
“Your forefathers would be most proud of you here today, continuing to demonstrate achievement and together ensuring the worldwide reputation of Gurkhas as the very best of soldiers”, Charles said.
“Now though the regiment is only 21 years old, it comes from a Gurkha lineage of 200 years of unbroken, dedicated, loyal service to the Crown with an enviable war-fighting history’’ he added.
Prince Charles has been Colonel in Chief of the RGR since 1977.
After his three official visits to Nepal he also acknowledged the suffering and loss following the destructing earthquake in April.