The Republic Day celebration of 2022 was indeed a spectacle. Several beautiful moments caught our attention, one of which was PM Modi at the end of the celebration was seen petting a Horse.
This Horse, named Virat belongs to the President’s Bodyguard team. The Horse retired this year and was given the Chief of the Army Staff Commendation Medal. The Horse got pettings from the PM and the Defence Minister for its service to the nation.
President’s Bodyguard horse Virat retires from service today. It was given the Chief of the Army Staff Commendation Medal this year.
President Kovind, PM Modi and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh bid him farewell on the occasion
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This Horse was the first one to receive this recommendation and has participated in about 13 Republic Day celebrations. The Horse belongs to the Hanoverian breed and joined service in 2003. It is also called ‘Charger’ with love by the personnel.
The President’s Bodyguard which was raised in 1773, is the senior-most Regiment of the Indian Army. It is a Regiment carrying out ceremonial duties for the President of India. The PBG personnel are excellent horsemen, capable tank men, and paratroopers. They are seen draped in red and golden clothes and riding Horses, they escort the President during these celebrations and give the order for the national anthem to begin.