Harry praises Nepali resilience
Royals: 200 years of co-operation between UK and tiny Himalayan country
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