Their Royal High­nesses the Duke and Duchess of Cam­bridge in Bhutan

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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.

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