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IN PICTURES: Pte Beharry Receives Victoria Cross at Buckingham Palace

Published Wednesday 27th April 2005

Private Johnson Beharry VC, The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment received his Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy, from Her Majesty the Queen on 27 April 2005
Private Johnson Beharry VC, The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment received his Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy, from Her Majesty the Queen on 27 April 2005 Private Johnson Beharry VC, The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment, seen here accompanied by The Queens Gurkha Orderly Officers, received his Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy, from Her Majesty the Queen on 27 April 2005
Private Johnson Beharry VC, The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment, seen here accompanied by The Queens Gurkha Orderly Officers, received his Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy, from Her Majesty the Queen on 27 April 2005 General Sir Michael Jackson with his award of Knight Grand Cross of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath
General Sir Michael Jackson with his award of Knight Grand Cross of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath

On Wednesday 27 April 2005, Private Johnson Gideon Beharry of 1st Battalion the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment received the Victoria Cross from Her Majesty the Queen at Buckingham Palace.

Pte Beharry is the first non-posthumous UK Armed Forces recipient of the award since 1965.  He was awarded the Victoria Cross for two separate acts of outstanding gallantry of the highest order during operations in Iraq in 2003.  See the links below for the full story of Pte Beharry’s heroism.

At the same ceremony, Chief of the General Staff General Sir Mike Jackson was invested as Knight Grand Cross of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath, and several other members of the Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment also received medals from Her Majesty the Queen.

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