Britain's Prince Harry will visit Nepal this spring

KATHMANDU: As Nepal is recovering from the devastating April 25 earthquake that killed around 9,000 people, the Kensington Palace announced on Friday that Britain's Prince Harry would make an official visit to the Himalayan republic this spring.

It would be Prince Harry's first visit to Nepal. Issuing a statement today, the Kensington Palace said "the visit is being undertaken at the request of Her Majesty's Government and will be the first time Prince Harry has visited the country".

"Full details of the visit will be confirmed in due course," the statement added.

Some British media reports, on the other hand, suggested that the prince -- born to Prince Charles and late Princess of Wales Diana as second son --  would visit Nepal in February.

"Harry will see how the country is rebuilding after the devastating earthquake in the country’s capital, Kathmandu," Evening Standard reported.

He would be following in footsteps of his parents -- Prince Charles and Princess Diana -- and his grandparents Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip while visiting Nepal.

Prince Harry will make an official visit to Nepal this spring. It will be the first time HRH has visited the country

— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) January 8, 2016


There have been many royal visits to Nepal over the years including The Queen, Duke of Edinburgh & Prince of Wales

— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) January 8, 2016

Moreover, the Kensington Palace announced that Prince William and his wife Princess Kate would visit Bhutan this spring, apparently in April.

"The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will make an official visit to Bhutan this spring," an official statement said. It would be their first visit to Bhutan, and coincide with their previously announced official tour of India.

Previous Royal Visits to Nepal include:

1961 (January) – The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh

1965 (March) – The Duke of Edinburgh

1970 (February) - Prince Richard of Gloucester

1975 (March) – Duke and Duchess of Gloucester

1975 (February) – The Prince of Wales

1980 (November) – The Prince of Wales

1981 (November) – The Princess Royal

1986 (February) – The Queen

1992 (February) – The Prince of Wales

1998 (February) – The Prince of Wales

1993 (March) - The Princess of Wales

2000 (November) – The Princess Royal

2000 (November) – The Duke of Edinburgh (Prince Philip)

"The majority of The Prince's charitable activity focuses on supporting disadvantaged young people, promoting the welfare of those who are serving or who have served in the Armed Forces and sustainable conservation issues," according to his website, "Prince Harry co-founded the charity Sentebale with Prince Seeiso of Lesotho in memory of their mothers (Sentebale means ‘Forget me not’) to support orphans and vulnerable children in Lesotho. Alongside his brother and sister-in-law, he is also Patron of The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry."

Prince Harry had held the rank of Captain in the British Army and served in the Armed Forces for 10 years with his most recent role as Staff Officer role in HQ London District as SO3 (Defence Engagement) in 2014, where he helped to co-ordinate significant projects and commemorative events involving the Army in London. 

TRHs look forward to following in the footsteps of previous generations of their family with their upcoming tours

— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) January 8, 2016