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Bicentennial of UK and Nepal relations to be celebrated by Prince Harry

Kensington Palace has announced that Prince Harry will attend a Ceremony at the Embassy of Nepal on 20 March. This is to mark the end of celebrations for the Bicentennial anniversary of bilateral relations between the two countries since the first agreement was signed in December 1815.

In December 1815, the Treaty of Segauli established formal relations between the United Kingdom and Nepal. It was ratified in March 1816, and superseded in 1923 by a treaty of “perpetual peace and friendship”. British Gurkha soldiers are a fully integrated part of the British Armed Forces, and in March 2015, the United Kingdom and Nepal governments commemorated 200 years since the first Gurkhas were recruited into the British Army.

British Gurkha servicemen from Nepal have been awarded 13 Victoria Crosses, the highest British award for gallantry. As part of the ceremony, Prince Harry will unveil of a photograph of all the thirteen recipients and make a speech. Following this, His Royal Highness will meet Gurkha families and watch Nepali cultural performances, including a traditional Khukuri dance by a brigade of Gurkhas.

Prince Harry has also visited Nepal, in March 2016 he travelled to Kathmandu, Bardia and the Pokhara area. While in the Pokhara district he visited the headquarters of the British Gurkhas, he was also able to witness the damage caused by the 2015 earthquake which shook the Himalaya’s. He visited Patan Durbar Square, the Golden Temple and a municipal camp for families displaced by the earthquake.

However, his visit was more than just meeting and shaking hands as is Prince Harry’s way wherever he is in the world. His visit to the area was extended for a few days so that he could work with Team Rubicon UK to help rebuild a secondary school. During his visit, he also saw an example of a green energy project with a visit to a hydroelectric plant in Central Nepal.

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