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Princess Royal Marks Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment’s 60th Birthday

As Colonel in Chief, Her Royal Highness inspected the troops as part of the regiment’s Kasam Khane parade.

The Princess Royal has attended St Omer Barracks in Aldershot at the weekend to mark The Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment’s 60th birthday.

As Colonel in Chief, Her Royal Highness inspected the troops as part of the regiment’s Kasam Khane parade.

The milestone birthday was also marked by new recruits, serving personnel and veterans.

Major Chakrabahadur Khatri, Gurkha Major of the Queen's Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment, said he was "proud and honoured" to be part of the event:

"In every Gurkha Unit you have an appointment called Gurkha Major, it's the senior appointment and it's a unique one.

"I am the 22nd Gurkha Major of the unit who's seen through this, we've planned it and delivered it - so I'm really proud and honoured." 

Veterans, family members and friends attended the event on Sunday and watched as the new recruits stood steadfast.

Above them, Her Royal Highness, the Colonel in Chief flew in to join in with the celebrations.

Second Lieutenant Alex Hoccom, said: "That was a very surreal moment, to hear the helicopter coming, with her landing down to her finally appearing on the square.

"It's a real honour to have our Colonel in Chief come for such an event like this - it means a lot to the Regiment." 

Her Royal Highness inspected the troops, as part of the Kasam Khani ceremony - where new recruits took an oath and demonstrated silent drills as they were sworn in.

Lieutenant Colonel Alex West, Commander of the Queen's Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment said: "The British Royal has never been to a Queen's Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment birthday parade before - so we're breaking new ground here."

The event also saw three of the regiments Warrant Officer's commissioned into regiment Officers.  

Captain Vivekjung Shah was one of them, he said being commissioned as an officer was an incredible moment in his career.

He said: "After 20 years as a soldier, from today I'll be starting a new journey as an officer.  

"I think it's one of the proudest moments for a Gurkha soldier." 

The Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment, also known as 10 The Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment, is one of four Gurkha regiments currently serving in The British Army.