Charles thanks Sikh soldiers

Prince Charles has praised Sikh soldiers who fought in World War II.

Charles met with veterans of the Sikh Brigade of the British Army at St. James’s Palace, where he spoke of the “immense debt of gratitude” owed by the UK to the Sikh community.

The veterans were invited to the palace as part of celebrations for Sikh New Year, Vaisakhi.

Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, listened to Sikh drummers and watched a traditional Bhangra dance.

Speaking at the event, Charles said: “The Sikh community raises money and does so many good works all over this country. The UK owes an immense debt of gratitude to the courage and sacrifice of the Sikh soldiers.”

There were around 1.5 million Sikhs who fought for the British Army during World War II, and over 90,000 Sikhs lost their lives for the allied cause.