Thursday, 14 April 2016

Royal Visit Bhutan - hitting the target

There was something special about the plans for Royal Visit Bhutan before it started and it didn't disappoint. As the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge headed to Thimpu, there were plenty of magical moments. On the day that William and Kate tried archery, they really hit the target.

William and Kate in Bhutan on day five of their royal tour which provided some of the most magical moments so far
(photo Kensington Royal Instagram)

From the moment they stepped off the plane, the visit had a sense of special about it. The backdrop to the airport was stunning and the ceremonial welcome matched it with the sister of the King of Bhutan meeting them as they arrived.

Then it was time for the drive to Thimpu, through dramatic scenery and some of the most beautiful countryside in the world. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had drawn a mini crowd on their way there and they stopped off en route to speak to the school children waiting to see them.

They were heading to the Dzong to meet the King and Queen of Bhutan. Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Jetsun Pema have been called the Will and Kate of Asia so this meeting was much anticipated.

The first audience was behind closed doors and then the royals stepped out to clicking cameras.

Maybe it was the Duchess' decision to wear a Bhutanese inspired outfit modelled on the country's national costume that added the special feel to this part of the trip. The royals went to a Buddhist temple and lit butter lamps as well as posing for photographers.


We all know that Kate loves a sporting challenge, especially if it's something a bit unusual and she can do it in some kind of heels. Today didn't disappoint. Archery is Bhutan's national sport and both the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had a go at shooting a few arrows.

They were given top marks for effort if not for results. The afternoon, hosted by the King of Bhutan's brother, Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck, seemed a highlight for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

The couple also tried their hand at khuru, a traditional Bhutanese sport which involves throwing big darts. 

They also met children from two different organisations. Ability Bhutan and Draktsho, in an afternoon that is already a highlight of the whole tour.

The evening saw William and Kate head out of their hotel and back to see the King and Queen of Bhutan for dinner.

Day six of the tour will also be spent in the country and promises to be as special as today.

There is a special page about William and Kate in India and Bhutan here.

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