KATHMANDU, Feb.25 (Nepal Foreign Affairs)–UK’s Prince Harry will be arriving in Kathmandu on March 20 on a four-day visit, the Kensington Palace said on Thursday.
“His Royal Highness will carry out four days of official engagements, at the request of Her Majesty’s Government, between Sunday 20th March and Wednesday 23rd March. It is the first time Prince Harry has travelled to Nepal,” a press release issued by the palace said.
The tour will begin and conclude in Kathmandu, where Prince Harry will meet President Bidya Devi Bhandari. He will also meet those affected by the Nepal earthquakes of April and May 2015, and learn about efforts being made to restore buildings of historic significance and to assist disaster preparedness.
Having served alongside Gurkha soldiers in Afghanistan, Prince Harry will visit the British Gurkha Camp in Pokhara, where he will commend the bravery and service to the Crown of an exceptional group of soldiers. He will also learn more about Gurkha recruitment, and the assistance offered by Gurkha forces to surrounding communities in the aftermath of the earthquake. Like all visitors to Nepal, Prince Harry is also keen to enjoy the country’s stunning natural beauty. As such, he will have an opportunity to take part in a trek, and to visit one of Nepal’s National Parks.
A Kensington Palace spokesperson said: “Prince Harry is really looking forward to his first trip to Nepal. It is a country he has long wanted to visit. He has been moved by the stories of resilience of the Nepali people following the earthquakes last year and is now eager to learn more about their country and culture. With Britain and Nepal currently celebrating two hundred years of cooperation, Prince Harry will experience the strength of the relationship and traditional warmth of the Nepali welcome.”