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Cambridge royal couple on first visit in Bhutan

The royal couple (right) with Bhutan’s King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and his wife, Queen Jetsun Pema…yesterday PHOTO: BBC

The royal couple (right) with Bhutan’s King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and his wife, Queen Jetsun Pema…yesterday PHOTO: BBC

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge yesterday arrived in the remote Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan and met the country’s young king and queen.

They took part in a welcome procession in capital, Thimphu and later tried the country’s national sport, archery.

They were in the cockpit of their Royal Bhutan Airways chartered jet as it landed at Paro airport – one of the world’s most challenging runways.

They are in the middle of a seven-day tour of India and Bhutan.

Their two-day visit to Bhutan began with them being greeted on the tarmac at the airport with a ceremonial scarf by the king’s sister.

The duchess was dressed in a Bhutanese-inspired outfit, with a mauve and blue skirt made from local material and styled on the country’s national dress.

The royal couple’s convoy of cars then snaked its way through steep mountain valleys to Thimphu. At one point during the journey dozens of schoolchildren lined the road wearing traditional clothes and holding friendship scarves.



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