Harry praises Nepali re­silience

Royals: 200 years of co-op­er­a­tion be­tween UK and tiny Hi­malayan coun­try

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Prince Harry has joked with old Army friends and praised the “un­break­able spirit and re­silience” of the Nepali peo­ple at a cer­e­mony to cel­e­brate 200 years of co-op­er­a­tion be­tween the UK and the tiny Hi­malayan coun­try.

He was given a gar­land of flow­ers at the event at the Nepali em­bassy in London mark­ing the end of celebrations for the mile­stone.

Af­ter un­veil­ing pho­to­graphs of the 13 Gurkha sol­diers who have re­ceived the Vic­to­ria Cross, he chat­ted and joked with com­rades he met when he was at­tached to the 1st Bat­tal­ion The Royal Gurkha Ri­fles in Afghanistan for three months in 2007-08.

Ri­fle­man Vinod Bud­hathoki, 32, who lost both his legs in an ac­ci­dent in May 2010, re­mem­bered Harry as very down-toearth dur­ing his tour with B Com­pany.

Mr Bud­hathoki, who also met Harry when he com­peted in the In­vic­tus Games three years ago, said: “He just never let us feel like he was from the Royal Fam­ily. We just treated him as a nor­mal of­fi­cer.

“He was so nice, and just made us work quite easy with him.”

Cor­po­ral Hari Budha Ma­gar, 37, said Harry had joked “stop fol­low­ing me” af­ter they met last week as he and the Prince of Wales pre­sented Afghanistan op­er­a­tional medals to Gurkhas at Buck­ing­ham Palace.

Cpl Ma­gar, from Kent, who lost both his legs above the knee in 2010, told Harry about his at­tempt next year to be­come the first dou­ble am­putee to scale Mount Ever­est.

He said: “I am train­ing at

“We treated him as a nor­mal of­fi­cer. He was so nice and we worked well”

the mo­ment in Nepal and Scot­land, and he said ‘All the best for it’.”

Harry also joked with Cap­tain Lalit Ba­hadur Gu­rung, whom he trained with be­fore they served to­gether in Afghanistan.

The prince told him: “Good to see you again, how are you? Last time I saw you you were wear­ing this (his uni­form) – you do have other clothes?”

The event was held to mark the sign­ing of the Treaty of Se­gauli in March 1816, which es­tab­lished for­mal re­la­tions be­tween Nepal and the UK.

Harry was pre­sented with a tra­di­tional Nepali The Princess Royal has of­fi­cially opened a jetty which will be home to the Royal Navy’s new air­craft car­ri­ers.

Anne un­veiled a plaque at Portsmouth Naval Base at the gi­ant berth which was for­merly known as Mid­dle Ship Jetty but which has now been named af­ter her.

The 90-year-old jetty has been up­graded and strength­ened to sup­port the 65,000-tonne Queen El­iz­a­beth-class air­craft car­ri­ers.

Anne met some work­ers in­volved in the two-year re­fur­bish­ment as well as Navy bomb dis­posal ex­perts re­spon­si­ble for dis­pos­ing of historic ord­nance. A num­ber of World War II bombs have been dredged up dur­ing work to deepen the har­bour ahead khukuri knife, be­fore watch­ing cul­tural per­for­mances and a knife dance by Gurkha sol­diers.

In a speech to dig­ni­taries, he de­scribed Nepal as a “cap­ti­vat­ing coun­try”, adding: “It is no ex­ag­ger­a­tion to say that the peo­ple of Nepal, and the Gurkhas in par­tic­u­lar, hold a very spe­cial place in the heart of the Bri­tish pub­lic and in my fam­ily.” Harry trav­elled to of the ar­rival of the first of the new car­ri­ers, HMS Queen El­iz­a­beth, this year.

More than three mil­lion cu­bic me­tres of clay, sand and gravel have been moved from an area the size of 200 foot­ball pitches in dredg­ing work.

Min­is­ter for De­fence Pro­cure­ment Har­ri­ett Bald­win said: “The work on the Princess Royal Jetty is a Nepal last year to visit ar­eas rav­aged by the 2015 earth­quake, and he lauded the way the coun­try has dealt with the dev­as­ta­tion.

He said: “I saw first-hand the un­break­able spirit and re­silience of the Nepali peo­ple as they set about it. I hope you and they can con­tinue to draw com­fort from the fact the Bri­tish peo­ple stand with you on that jour­ney.” fan­tas­tic ex­am­ple of how we are in­vest­ing in the fu­ture of the Royal Navy and is the cul­mi­na­tion of £100mil­lion of in­fras­truc­ture up­grades in Portsmouth in prepa­ra­tion for our two new air­craft car­ri­ers. The Queen El­iz­a­beth­class car­ri­ers, to­gether with our F-35 jets, will trans­form our abil­ity to project power around the world.”

CER­E­MONY: Prince Harry chats with for­mer com­rades at the Nepali em­bassy

The Princess Royal at Portsmouth Naval Base

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