British Gurkhas Nepal paid tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at the National Botanical Garden, Kathmandu on the 19th of September 2022, the day of Her Majesty’s State funeral in the United Kingdom.
Her Majesty’s Ambassador (HMA) to Nepal, Nicola Pollitt and Colonel Paul Smith, Commander BGN laid wreaths at the tree which Her Majesty planted on her visit to Nepal in 1986. The tree grows beside another tree which was planted by the late Prince Philip.
On the same day, Gurkha veterans and BGN officers and staff took part in a condolence ceremony organised by the British Embassy at the White Monastery in Kathmandu where HMA to Nepal and Maj (Retd) Yam Bahadur Rana MVO MBE, representing the British Gurkha veterans’ community, lit lamps together in prayers for The Queen. Buddhist monks recited prayers and performed rituals at the ceremony.
Many Gurkha veterans turned up for the funeral programme screening held at the British Embassy premises in Kathmandu which brought the events to a close. HMA to Nepal thanked everyone for their attendance and for coming together on such an occasion.