Gurkha soldiers are honoured

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Prince Charles is welcomed to Shorncliffe Barracks in Folkestone Photo: ITV Meridian

HRH The Prince of Wales has visited Kent to honour the work of Gurkha soldiers, just months before they start a seven month tour of Afghanistan.

Prince Charles arrived at 1st Battalion the Royal Gurkha Rifles' headquarters in Folkestone this afternoon, greeted by a Ceremonial Quarter Guard and a salute from the Queen's Truncheon. Nepalese children presented him with a Royal Gurkha Rifles garland, before a reception for soldiers and their families.

Around 550 men from the battalion will return to Afghanistan in September to help train the Afghan national security forces.

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Prince Charles was greeted by Gurkha children in the traditional way Credit: ITV Meridian