'Horse' Virat Retires: PM Modi bids warm farewell to Commandant’s Charger from President’s Bodyguard
Virat, a Hanoverian breed horse was inducted to the President’s Bodyguard (PBG) on September 12, 2000Author : Malkit Singh
Virat receives Chief of the Army Staff Commendation for exemplary service
Virat, a Hanoverian breed horse was inducted to the President’s Bodyguard (PBG) on September 12, 2000. Virat has been the Commandant’s Charger for over a decade and was very popular among spectators and even visiting foreign dignitaries. For his exemplary services, Virat was awarded the Chief of the Army Staff Commendation on the eve of Army Day on January 15 this year.
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The President's Bodyguard (PBG) is the oldest regiment of the Indian Amry. It is the successor of the Governor General’s Bodyguards under the British Raj and it was first raised by Governor-General Warren Hastings in 1773. In 1950, with the formation of the Indian Republic, it was formally named the President’s Bodyguards.