This jubilee year 2015 commemorates
the 200-year service of the Gurkhas to the British Crown. In recognition to the loyalty and courage of these world-famous warriors with distinctive motto: “Better to die than to be a coward”, numerous commemorative programs are lined up to celebrate their phenomenal milestone with the British Army. Their unsurpassed conduct of supreme heroism have endowed them a total of 13 Victoria Crosses, the ultimate military award for valor “in the face of the enemy”.
The year-round celebration of the Gurkhas 200 years of service was highlighted during the sensational pageant on the 9th of June 2015 held at the Royal Hospital Chelsea. The fundraising event through the effort of Gurkha Welfare Trust was graced by dignitaries including the Sultan of Brunei, and the members of the Royal Family in appreciation to what these fierce and brave warriors contributed to the British Army.
Series of events have been celebrated in conjunction with the pageant like the Guard mounting at Buckingham Palace, the presentation of the Queen’s Truncheon to HM The Queen, Trooping of the Queen’s Truncheon to the Gurkha Statue and Guard of Honor and Memorial Service at the Gurkha Statue in June 2015. Two hundred years of distinctive service to the Crown is indeed worthy of celebration.