The fifth in line for the British throne, Prince Henry Charles Albert David Harry, commonly known to us as Prince Harry, is in Nepal to mark the bicentenary of the establishment of diplomatic relation between Nepal and United Kingdom. A much awaited visit in Nepal, the announcement was made by Kensington Palace earlier in 2015 without disclosing the exact dates of the visit. Representing Her Highness Queen Elizabeth of Great Britain, Prince Harry arrived in Kathmandu on March 19 on a 5 day official visit later to be extended by another six days as announced by the 31-year old Royal on the reception organized by the British embassy in Kathmandu, a day before his official visit’s end.
Prince Harry visited the Patan Durbar Square and Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the heritages listed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site List. He also visited earthquake surbivors in one of the temporary camps in the valley. Thereafter he explored the Bardia National Park where he did rafting and took keen interest in the Tiger conservation endeavor. Staying in the home of a WWI II era Gurkha soldier, Prince Harry promoted the Home Stay initiative of Nepalese tourism sector. The Royal paid respect to the Gurkha soldiers killed in service to the British Crown, in Pokhara, and opened the Nepal Girl Summit in Kathmandu on the last day of his official visit.
In his initial speech Prince Harry stated “I am sure you hear this all the time, but your country holds a special place in the imagination for so many people around the world”. Further endorsing this beautiful Himalayan nation of Nepal the monarch states “I pay my respects to those who perished and hope to do what I can to shine a spotlight on the resolve and resilience of the Nepalese people”. Tourism conservation is one of the major highlight of his visit. The royal visit has been made at the time when Nepal desperately needs a boost to its tourism sector.
“I look forward to exploring your landscapes, celebrating your culture, and I hope to make many new friends along the way.”
(Sources: bbc.co.uk, image on the left; express.co.uk, image on the right)
Prince Harry inspected the tiger camera traps in Bardiya National Park, done rafting in Khauriya River of Bardiya, was the part of cultures and festivities in various stays, observed the reconstruction works in the Kathmandu valley and celebrated Holi festival in Lamjung and played volleyball with the students of a school in Lamjung which was damaged in the earthquake. We can say that, His Royal Highness got totally immersed in the enchanting environment of Nepal.
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I wouldn’t be wrong to say that Prince Harry Loved this nation, our people and have a strong desire to help us in rebuilding this beautiful nation. The announcement from His Royal Highness shows the love Prince Harry has for Nepal. In his final speech at the end of Official visit, Prince Harry was quoted as saying “I will be spending the next six days in a remote village with a charity called Team Rubicon. The team I'm joining will be working with a community to rebuild a school damaged in the earthquake”. A humble Royal indeed!