Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Bhutan
Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge of the United Kingdom arrived in the Kingdom on the 14th of April, 2016 on a three day visit on the invitation of His Majesty the King concluded yesterday.
Their Royal Highnesses are accompanied by H.E. Sir Dominic Asquith, British High Commissioner to India and other senior officials of the British High commission in New Delhi.
This is a first visit to Bhutan by Their Royal Highnesses, which symbolizes the ties of friend- ship between the Royal families of Bhutan and the United Kingdom. Bhutan has also had the honor of welcoming His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales who visited Bhutan in February1998 and His Royal Highness the Duke of York who visited in March 2010.
Upon arrival, Their Royal Highnesses was received at Paro airport by Her Royal Highness Princess Chimi Yangzom Wangchuck.
Their Royal Highnesses was welcomed in a traditional Chipdrel ceremonial procession and was escorted to the Throne in the Tashichhodzong.
His Majesty The King granted an audience to Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the Golden Throne Room of the Tashichhodzong after that.
His Majesty conveyed wishes to the Queen of the United Kingdom for her 90th birthday celebrations through the Duke and Duchess. Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her birthday on 21st April.
His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen offered prayers at the Grand Kuenrey of the Tashichhodzong along with the Duke and Duchess, following the audience. Their Majesties and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge lit 1,000 butter lamps at the Grand Kuenrey.
After that His Royal Highness Prince Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck hosted an archery match and other traditional sports, which the Duke and Duchess participated in. Their Royal Highnesses interacted with students from Ability Bhutan Society and the Draktsho Vocational Training Centre for Special Children and Youth.
Later in the evening Their Majesties also invited the Duke and Duchess to the Lingkana Palace for a private dinner later in the evening.
On the second day of the visit Their Royal Highnesses trekked to the Takt- sang Monastery in Paro and later in the evening met with Bhutanese who have studied in the United Kingdom.
Their Royal Highnesses successful visit has reinforced the growing ties of friendship between the Royal Families and Peoples of Bhutan and the United Kingdom.
Following the visit, the United Kingdom announced the opening of a new Visa Application Centre, which is expected to operationalize in May 2016. The Centre will be located in Thimphu and provide Bhutanese nationals to have opportunity to apply for UK visas in Bhutan.
His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen with Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, in the Golden Throne Room of the Tashichhodzong.