21 March 2016

Prince Harry spends night in a Nepali village home

In this handout photo provided by National News Agency of Nepal, Britain’s Prince Harry is welcomed by the villagers upon his arrival in Lamjung, Nepal, Monday, March 21, 2016.
Britain's Prince Harry stayed at the village home of a former Nepalese Gurkha soldier who had served in the British army Monday as the prince continues his tour of the Himalayan nation.

The prince flew to the Leurani village, northwest of the capital Kathmandu, Monday where he spend time with the villagers dancing and later feasting with the family of Mangali Tamang, 86-year-old widow of a former soldier.


Villagers lined up the trail to the village offering flowers and cream-colored scarf which is offered to special guests. He stopped to visit two families who are building their homes after it was destroyed in last year's earthquake.

Press Association said Tamang was overjoyed to have her guest and, following Nepalese custom, referred to the royal as "king": "I'm very happy. I cried 'when I die I can say I talked to the king of a foreign land'."

"I could do nothing, put a garland of flowers around him and then I blessed him," Tamang was quoted as saying. "I blessed him so that he may live to be 100 years and all his wishes become fulfilled, and where he goes success will follow him."

Nepal abolished centuries-old monarchy in 2008 and Harry is the first British royal to visit Nepal since then.

Heavy rainfall with hailstorm did not dampen the celebration of the villagers.
In this handout photo provided by National News Agency of Nepal, a turban is being tied on Britain’s Prince Harry’s head during his visit in Lamjung, Nepal, Monday, March 21, 2016.


Harry has close relations with the Gurkhas, Nepalese men who have served and fought nearly every war for the British army for two-centuries. Harry even served with a Gurkha battalion in Afghanistan.

Earlier on Monday, he flew to Bardia national park home to rhinos and tigers where he talked about conservation.
In this handout photo provided by National News Agency of Nepal, Britain’s Prince Harry, center, walks with children dressed in traditional attire upon his arrival in Lamjung, Nepal, Monday, March 21, 2016.


He spent hours discussing the local conservation officials and villagers about the tigers and even rode on a boat.

Harry is on a five-day trip to Nepal where he already met the president, prime minister, attended an official function to mark 200 years of friendship between Nepal and Britain.

The highlight of his trip was visiting the earthquake damaged areas and highlighting
In this photo provided by National News Agency of Nepal, Britain’s Prince Harry, second from left in foreground, rides on an inflatable boat during his tour to Bardia National Park in Bardia, Nepal. Harry is currently on a five-day official trip to Nepal.
reconstruction efforts.

He visited with families living in tents at a camp in Nepal for people made homeless by last April's devastating earthquake, toured old palaces and temples that were damaged.

The earthquake killed nearly 9,000 people and destroying about 1 million homes. There has been little to help the victims even a year after the earthquake.

(AP)

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