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President of to present silver trumpet and trumpet banner to the Presidents bodyguard tomorrow

The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, will present the Silver Trumpet and Trumpet Banner to the Presidents Bodyguard at a ceremony to be held at Rashtrapati Bhavan tomorrow (November 17, 2017).

The Presidents Bodyguard is the oldest regiment in the Indian Army, having been raised as the Governor-Generals Bodyguard (later the Viceroys Bodyguard) in 1773. As the President of Indias own Guard, it has the unique distinction of being the only military unit of the Indian Army that is privileged to carry the Presidents Silver Trumpet and Trumpet Banner. This distinction was conferred on the Presidents Bodyguard in 1923 by the then Viceroy, Lord Reading, on the occasion of the Bodyguard completing 150 years of service. Each succeeding Viceroy, thereafter, presented the Silver Trumpet and Trumpet Banner to the Bodyguard.

On January 27, 1950, the regiment was renamed the Presidents Bodyguard. Every President has continued the practice of honouring the regiment. Rather than a coat of arms, as was the practice in the colonial era, the monogram of the President appears on the Banner. Dr Rajendra Prasad, the first President of India, presented his Silver Trumpet and Trumpet Banner to the Presidents Bodyguard on May 14, 1957.

The Presidents Bodyguard, as it is known today, was raised in Banaras (Varanasi) by the then Governor-General, Warren Hastings. It had an initial strength of 50 cavalry troopers, later augmented by another 50 horsemen. Today, the Presidents Bodyguard is a select body of hand-picked men with special physical attributes. They are chosen after a rigorous and physically gruelling process.

The Presidents Bodyguard has seen war-time duty and a detachment currently serves on the Siachen Glacier. Its men have served with the IPKF in Sri Lanka and as part of UN Peace-Keeping Missions.

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First Published: Thu, November 16 2017. 00:20 IST