Kathmandu, March 19
Britain’s Prince Harry, who is is Nepal on a five-day visit, has said the trip’s purpose was not only to commemorate two hundred years of friendship between Nepal and the UK, but also pay personal tribute to Gurkha soldiers.
The prince, in his speech at a reception organised by Deputy Prime Minister Kamal Thapa, said he was excited to be in Nepal.
“When asked last year whether I would make this visit on behalf of Her Majesty to celebrate two hundred years of relations between our countries, I was delighted.”
He added that for him, this trip was also personal. “I am so grateful that I will have the opportunity to pay tribute to some of Nepal’s most famous ambassadors, the Gurkhas, admired the world over for their fearsome bravery and courage but also for their humility and kindness,” he said.
“I served alongside Gurkhas during my first tour of Afghanistan and I look forward to visiting the communities that have produced and supported these extraordinary soldiers,” said the prince..
Prince Harry, who had earlier said his visit would help put Nepal back on the spotlight as it recovers from the quake, appealed to the world to come and visit Nepal again.
“I look forward to exploring your landscapes, celebrating your culture, and I hope to make many new friends along the way,” he said.