Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and her husband the Duke of Edinburgh arrived in Katmandu, capital of the Himalayan kingdom of Nepal, Feb 26.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and her husband the Duke of Edinburgh arrived in Katmandu, capital of the Himalayan kingdom of Nepal, Feb 26. They will be in Nepal for four days as part of their Royal Tour. At the airport, they were greeted by King Mahendra and the Queen of Nepal.
The Duke's "trigger finger" was bandaged - he had contracted a whitlow - and that meant he could not take part actively in the following day's tiger shoot in the Nepalese jungle. Several thousand people lined the route as both royal couples drove in state to a large parade ground in the centre of Katmandu for a civic reception ... also attended by many thousands. In a speech, the Queen said "thank you" for the big welcome she had received, and spoke of Katmandu as "a wonderful and beautiful capital".
At the reception, the Queen and Duke received several gifts - including a silver replica of the world's highest mountain, Everest. Then came the drive through the crowd-lined streets of the capital on the way to the royal palace ; Queen Elizabeth and the King in the first open carriage, and the Duke and Queen Ratna of Nepal following behind.