President Ram Nath Kovind, PM Modi bid adieu to Virat, elite bodyguard horse at Republic Day 2022

President Ram Nath Kovind, PM Modi bid adieu to Virat, elite bodyguard horse at Republic Day 2022

New Delhi: Republic Day 2022 celebrations were as momentous as the other years. However, despite all the hullaballoo, Rajpath bore witness to a poignant moment when the President’s Bodyguard (PBG) horse Virat retired from the service today after its final R-Day parade. 

Virat, the President’s Bodyguard Commandant’s black horse, retired after the the 21 Gun Salute ceremony at Delhi’s iconic Rajpath today. He was being ridden by RBG Colonel Anup Tiwari. The Hanoverian breed horse, included in the bodyguard family in 2003, participated successfully in the event 13 times.

President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh were seen petting Virat as the President was leaving Rajpath.

Virat was awarded with Chief of the Army Staff’s commendation on Army Day this year. It is the first charger horse of the PBG to receive the commendation card.

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Virat, known for his built and size, is also called the President’s bodyguard’s “charger”. The stallion is one of the most disciplined horses in the regiment and has escorted the incumbent as well as former Presidents of India with grace and dignity in ceremonial parades.

Every Republic Day, President’s Bodyguard don fine red coats, golden sashes and resplendent turbans and escort the President.  

first published:Jan. 26, 2022, 2:37 p.m.

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