Her Majesty ad­dress at the cel­e­bra­tion of 100 years by na­tional ge­o­graphic

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It is a plea­sure to be a part of the 100-year cel­e­bra­tion on the cov­er­age of the King­dom of Bhutan by Na­tional Ge­o­graphic;

In 1914, John Claude White’s flu­ent ob­ser­va­tions of our coun­try, de­tailed in the April Is­sue of the Na­tional Ge­o­graphic Mag­a­zine, un­veiled the in­tri­ca­cies of our un­fa­mil­iar and mys­te­ri­ous land and peo­ple, to the rest of the world.

Bhutan has, across the cen­tury, made unique progress as a Na­tion. We have con­tin­u­ally for­ti­fied the val­ues of our tra­di­tions and cul­tural her­itage, and the essence of what was ob­served of our coun­try, a hun­dred years ago, still re­mains.

To­day, we move for­ward on the phi­los­o­phy of Gross Na­tional Hap­pi­ness and strive for sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment. We are bound by duty to en­sure the re­silience of our cul­tural val­ues and our pris­tine nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment, which re­mains in­dis­pen­si­ble in our pur­suit of col­lec­tive hap­pi­ness. In Bhutan, we are al­ways guided by our past; our rich tra­di­tions and cul­ture, so fun­da­men­tally im­por­tant for our fu­ture, binds us across time and gen­er­a­tions.

In much the same man­ner, I be­lieve that the Na­tional Ge­o­graphic So­ci­ety is driven to­wards bold ex­pe­di­tions and dis­cov­ery, re­veal­ing an­cient pasts to in­spire mankind to value our own his­to­ries, to pro­tect our time­less her­itage, our unique arche­o­log­i­cal trea­sures and to il­lu­mi­nate our breathtaking, frag­ile planet and the ever grow­ing need of en­vi­ron­men­tal and wildlife con­ser­va­tion.

In cel­e­bra­tion of a hun­dred years since the first cov­er­age of Bhutan, I take this op­por­tu­nity to com­mend Na­tional Ge­o­graphic for the noble ef­forts, since its in­cep­tion in 1888, to ex­plore and bring to light the hu­man and phys­i­cal ge­og­ra­phy of our world.

It has of­fered glimpses into world cul­tures, his­to­ries and nat­u­ral sciences; and con­tin­ues to en­cour­age the cru­cial need for his­tor­i­cal and en­vi­ron­men­tal preser­va­tion.

Your ex­plor­ers have reached the perime­ters of our vast planet, to put for­ward un­known and fad­ing tra­di­tions and high­light the last of the mag­nif­i­cent crea­tures of the an­i­mal king­dom that are fast ap­proach­ing the fringes of ex­tinc­tion. You have suc­cess­fully brought th­ese is­sues to the global con­scious­ness, re­flect­ing the grow­ing ur­gency and need to pool our ef­forts in a common pur­pose, that is, to dis­cover a har­mo­nious bal­ance be­tween the pro­tec­tion of our flora and fauna with so­cio­cul­tural progress.

This is es­sen­tially the phi­los­o­phy that guides our coun­try’s de­velop- ment, and I be­lieve, in Bhutan and beyond, we are all united in this shared pur­pose to pro­tect the legacy of our his­tory and of na­ture. We are grate­ful that the Na­tional Ge­o­graphic con­tin­ues to up­hold this as­pi­ra­tion in the re­al­i­ties of chang­ing times.

We wish the Na­tional Ge­o­graphic So­ci­ety and your Com­mit­tee for Re­search and Ex­plo­ration a pleas­ant stay in our King­dom. We look for­ward to your con­tin­ued and ex­cel­lent work, en­rich­ing lives in a bril­liant way, with in­sight and in­spi­ra­tion Photo:for all UN life on our frag­ile planet, and the great ad­ven­ture that it rep­re­sents.

Thank you and Tashi Delek.

Good Evening Ladies and Gen­tle­men

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