2 March: Â Britainâ€™s Prince Harry will travel to Kathmandu next month on a maiden visit to Nepal and meet people affected by last yearâ€™s devastating earthquakes.
The prince will visit Nepal between March 20 and 23.
â€œPrince Harry is really looking forward to his first trip to Nepal. It is a country he has long wanted to visit,â€ a Kensington Palace spokesperson said today.
â€œThe Prince 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,â€ the spokesman said.
Harry, the fifth-in-line to the British throne, will meet survivors of last Aprilâ€™s earthquake in the region, which claimed over 9,000 lives.
â€œWith Britain and Nepal currently celebrating 200 years of cooperation, Prince Harry will experience the strength of the relationship and traditional warmth of the Nepali welcome,â€ the spokesperson said.
The 31-year-old royal will also take part in a trek and visit a national park. The tour will begin and conclude in Kathmandu, where he will meet President Bidhya Devi Bhandari.
Having served alongside Gurkhas in Afghanistan, the prince will visit the British Gurkha Camp in Pokhara, where he will commend the bravery and service to the Crown of an â€œexceptional group of soldiersâ€, the â€˜Evening Standardâ€™ reported.
His visit to South Asia is expected to coincide with that of his older brother, Prince William, to India and Bhutan.
The exact dates and details of the visit by Prince William and wife Kate have not been announced yet but they are expected to make their first visit to the Taj Mahal in Agra during the tour.