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Behind The Scenes With The Queen's Gurkha Bodyguards

Two Gurkha soldiers tasked with guarding the Queen talk about their role as they prepare to step down

Two Gurkha soldiers have been giving a behind-the-scenes look at what it's like to be selected to guard the Queen.

Their job is to escort Her Majesty and stand guard as she awards thousands of honours during the year.

Captain Lalit and Captain Ganesh have spent the past 12 months as the only two Queen's Gurkha Orderly Officers in the country.

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It is a prestigious role that has seen them stand guard over the Queen during investitures and other public occasions. 

"Everything is prepared to go and guard the Queen"

Gurkha Orderly Officers with the Queen

In honour of their service, the officers attended a private audience with the Queen, where they received a special medal and were appointed Members of the Royal Victorian Order. 

MVO Medal

In the grounds of Buckingham Palace the families of Captain Lalit and Captain Ganesh described the honour as a "very proud day"  

Families await Queen’s Gurkha Orderly Officers

The role of guarding the Queen over the coming year will hand over to two new Gurkha Orderly Officers.