UK

Prince Harry daubed with paint in colourful Nepal festival

Prince Harry is smeared with powder paint during a Hindu festival Image copyright James Whatling
Image caption Prince Harry was smeared with powder paint during the ceremony

Prince Harry has joined in a Hindu festival of colour in Nepal during the fourth day of his five-day trip to the country.

He had powder paint smeared on his face as part of the festival of Holi.

He was visiting Okhari, a village in the mountains, to see the Gurkha Welfare Trust's efforts to rebuild a school wrecked by an earthquake.

On his arrival Harry received a rapturous welcome by the villagers who decked him with garlands and scarves.

The prince had spent the previous night as the guest of Mangali Tamang, the 86-year-old widow of a former Gurkha rifleman.

He described the experience of sleeping under the same roof as the Nepalese family as "peaceful, actually. Lots of dogs barking, but it didn't seem to bother them."

Image copyright Chris Jackson
Image caption Crowds greeted the prince when arrived in the Himalayan villlage of Okhari
Image copyright Chris Jackson
Image caption Local villagers waited to greet the prince

The prince visited the Gauda Secondary School in the village, to see how the British-based Gurkha Welfare Trust is helping to fund the rebuilding after it was damaged during last year's earthquake.

Image copyright Reuters
Image caption Prince Harry visited a temporary classroom in the village school

The prince's cheeks and forehead were covered when he took part in a powder paint fight as Nepalese villagers celebrated Holi.

Image copyright James Whatling
Image caption The prince joined in a playful powder paint fight

The ritual, which marks the arrival of spring, involved revellers throwing paint and coloured water at each other.

Image copyright James Whatling
Image caption The good-natured ceremony saw Prince Harry and army colleagues trading daubs of powder paint with each other.
Image copyright Reuters
Image caption The prince played volleyball with children in the village

The prince's trip is celebrating 200 years of relations between Nepal and Britain. His tour comes as the country is rebuilding after last year's devastating earthquake which killed more than 8,000 people.

More on this story