Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Queen Elizabeth II extends wishes on Mt Everest anniversary

British Queen Elizabeth II – in a message today – congratulated President Dr Ram Baran Yadav today, on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the first ascent of Mt Everest.
“On the 60th Anniversary of the first ascent of Mt Everest, I wish to send my warmest regards to the Government of Nepal and re-affirm the strong ties that exist between our two countries,” she said in a written message. “The news of the successful ascent reached me at a particularly memorable time, the day
before my Coronation. The Everest Expedition was an historic example of UK-Nepal co-operation and I hope that the special relationship between our two countries will continue to grow in the years to come,” she added.
Nepal marked the diamond jubilee of the first ascent of 8,848 metres high Mt Everest today organising various programmes and honouring climbers, who followed the footsteps of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, who conquered the highest peak of the world – Mt Everest – in 1953, May 29.

New Zealand adventurer Edmund Hillary (33) and Nepali Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay (39) became the first men known to climb Mt Everest, 60 years ago today.
The pair hugged as they reached the 29,029-ft summit after a gruelling climb up the southern face in Nepal, according to the historians, who claimed that Hillary took several photographs of the scenery while Tenzing buried some sweets and biscuits in the snow as a Buddhist offering.

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