By Liza Mohd
At least 300 British and Nepalese family members of the British forces in Brunei gathered at the Garrison Sports Pitch in Seria yesterday afternoon to warmly receive HRH Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall who are on a two-day official visit to the Sultanate.
HRH Prince Charles visited the Seria British Garrison in his capacity as the Colonel-in-Chief of the Gurkhas and 7 Flight Army Air Corps. The royal couple arrived in Seria by helicopter at the base of 7 Flight and attended a briefing by the Commanding Officer of the British Garrison and First Battalion of the Royal Gurkha Rifles Lt Colonel AJP Bourne.
HRH Prince of Wales received a royal salute and inspected 65 honour guards led by their Commander Major Surendra Gurung.
Later the royal couple were greeted by students and teachers from the Hornbill School as well as British and Nepalese family members.
Their Royal Highnesses viewed exhibitions of weaponry, bunkers, sleeping area and sentry port that depict the soldiers' experience during their recent deployment to Afghanistan.
At the soldier's camouflage tent, HRH Prince Charles met Lance Corporal Bhimabadur Gurung who was recently awarded the Military Cross for saving a comrade during a battle in Afghanistan. HRH Prince of Wales also spoke with 'B' Company soldiers who had served with His Royal Highness' son, Prince Harry. HRH Prince Charles received a photograph as a memento to mark the Gurkha soldiers' memorable experience with Prince Harry in Afghanistan.
Their Royal Highnesses proceeded to greet soldiers from the 7 Flight Army Corps. Commanding Officer of the 7 Flight Major Mike Whelan briefed them on the role of 7 Flight which included providing an effective and deployable aviation unit for humanitarian assistance for disaster relief, peace support operations, counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency.
- Borneo Bulletin
(1st Nov 2008)