Colourful sports will be held in the afternoon at the President's Bodyguard parade ground on September 30 as part of the Raising Day celebrations.
GV of Guards band marching in front of the President's House.
GV Band marching.
GV cavalry arriving.
CUps of horsemen.
Mid shot of UK Military attache and wife at the ceremony.
GV of other VIPs sitting.
GV of the Parade with the President's House behind.
MS of Gen Chaudhri and wife arriving.
GV President arriving in open car, alighting and walking up to the saluting base to take the salute.
MS of President taking the salute and PAN to Presidents Body guard standing.
LS of the President's flag fluttering over the President's House.
LMS of president inspecting the guard of honour in an open jeep.
MS Two different shots of President's body Guards presenting the guard of honour on horses.
MS of Body Guards galloping horses before the President.
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Background: Colourful sports will be held in the afternoon at the President's Bodyguard parade ground on September 30 as part of the Raising Day celebrations.
The history of the Bodyguards goes back to the time of Warren Hastings. First known as the Governor's troop of Mughals for it was recruited almost exclusively from amongst the Mughals, the Bodyguard was raised in 1773. The first unit consisted of only 50 troopers to which subsequently 50 more horses obtained from Raja Chet Singh were added.
After 1800, its ranks were thrown open to both Hindus and Mohammedans. The unit is now composed of sturdy Jats, stalwart Sikhs and brave Rajputs. It is an all-class mixed unit. Though a tall and stately figure, at least 6 feet high, and handsome physical appearance are essential qualifications, character, education and good breeding also count for recruitment to the Bodyguard. Above all, superb horsemanship is the hall-mark of the Bodyguard trooper. The Bodyguard is drawn from the cavalry.
Fully Trained Unit:
Although the present role of the Bodyguard is confined to lending pomp and splendour to State functions in the Capital, the Bodyguard is nevertheless fully trained in mechanised and airborne warfare and is always in a state readiness for service in the field. During the early part of its history of almost 200 years, the Bodyguards took part in many an operation fought by the British. A detachment of the Bodyguard was the first Indian contingent to go outside Asia when ti was sent to Egypt to ride the horses of an experimental troop of horse artillery. The Bodyguard has on different occasions fulfilled different roles.