Thousands of Gurkhas are travelling to Kathmandu to welcome "daughter of Nepal" Joanna Lumley to their home country. Welcome In Nepal Thousands of Gurkhas are travelling to Kathmandu to welcome "daughter of Nepal" Joanna Lumley to their home country. Joanna Lumley helped the Gurkhas to get residency in Britain
The British actress makes her first visit to the Himalayan nation on Sunday and is set to receive a state welcome. "We are proud and honoured to have her in our country. She is truly a daughter of Nepal," said Gurkha Army Ex-Servicemen's Organisation's (GAESO) Krishna Kumar Rai. Lumley is expected to be greeted by around 3,000 Gurkhas at the airport. She will be given a traditional Gurkha welcome, with five girls dressed in garlands performing the reception. Leader of the welcome committee Anuradha Koirala, a campaigner for human rights, chose five orphans and homeless girls to welcome Lumley. The actress will then make her way to City Hall for a public reception, where thousands more are expected to greet her.