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Harry sees the devastation wrought by Nepal quake

By Tony Jones

Prince Harry has seen for himself the earthquake damaged suffered by some of Kathmandu's world famous historic sites as he was welcomed to the city - by five virgins.

The prince was given a tour of Durbar Square in the heart of the Nepalese capital's old town, and even tried his hand at wood carving restoration.

When he arrived at the popular tourist attraction he was greeted by a group representing the Panchakanya - five virgins of Hindu myth.

The five young women, their status representing purity, greeted him with flowers and a garland of marigolds.

Signs of the devastating earthquake which claimed almost 9,000 lives in Nepal last April could be seen across the site of ancient temples, courtyards and towers dating back centuries.

Alisha Awale (18), one of the five women, said: "We freaked out when he was in front of us but it was a really happy moment. We welcome him with open hearts to Nepal and hope he enjoys his visit.''

Harry hopes his five-day trip to Nepal will "shine a light'' on the country as it rebuilds after the earthquake.

Meanwhile, a television programme marking the Queen's 90th birthday will be screened over the Easter weekend. Our Queen At Ninety will be broadcast on ITV at 8pm on Sunday, March 27.

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