A Kasam Khane parade has taken place at St Omar Barracks in Aldershot as 10 Queen's Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment (QOGLR) celebrate their 60th birthday with family, veterans and the Regiments Colonel in Chief, Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal.

However, what is the Kasam Khane ceremony and what is its connection with Gurkhas?

10 QOGLR PRINCESS ROYAL

The Kasam Khane ceremony is when Gurkha soldiers swear their allegiance at the start of their service with the regiment.

The origins of the ceremony date back to the Honourable East Indian Company in the late eighteenth century when recruits swore an oath of allegiance on parade in front of their company and colour.

10 QOGLR’s first Kasam Khane ceremony was held in Kluang, Malaya on February 21, 1962, and has been held 28 times since then, twice in Malaya, 19 times in Hong Kong and seven times in the United Kingdom.

GURKHA 60TH BIRTHDAY PARADE

The Kasam Khane is a ceremony unique to the Gurkha regiments of the British Army and give their oath.

              "By Almighty God, that (they) will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Second, Her Heirs and Successors and that (they) will, as in duty bound, honestly and faithfully defend Her Majesty, Her Heirs and Successors, in persons, Crown and dignity against all enemies and will observe and obey all orders of Her Majesty, Her Heirs and Successors, and of all the Generals and Officers set over (them)."

             "(They) further swear, (they) will be loyal and uphold tradition of the Queens Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment." 

GURKHA KASAM KHANE

As part of the Kasam Khane ceremony, the new soldiers showed their loyalty to the regiment with a display of silent drill and touching of the regimental colours, not unlike when Liverpool FC players touch the 'This Is Anfield' sign before heading on to the pitch at Anfield.

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