Jumat, 15 April 2016

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit Bhutan

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have 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 by the king's sister. They were presented with a ceremonial scarf called a khadhar, given as a symbol of friendship. 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.

At the Tashichho Dzong fortress in the capital, they had a private audience with Bhutan's King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, 36, and Queen Jetsun Pema - like the Cambridges, a young couple with a family. They emerged about 30 minutes later and walked across a large courtyard to a Buddhist temple, where they were blessed and used tapers to light lamps.

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. Later, during a visit to an open-air archery venue in Thimphu, they saw at first hand Bhutan's national sport.

Both Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge fired arrows at a target about 40m away. The couple also tried out khuru, a sport developed by cow herders which involves throwing large darts out of tree branches and bird feathers at targets. The duke and duchess will return to India on Saturday, but over the next two days they will be hosted by Bhutan's royal couple, who are expected to name their first child - a boy - at the weekend.


 The Duke and Duchess are led up to the Golden Throne Room.


 The corridor leading up to the Golden Throne Room has murals depicting the life of the Buddha.


 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.



 His Majesty The King, Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge before the thongdrol of Kuenkhen Pema Karpo.


 His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen, with the Duke and 
Duchess of Cambridge at the Tashichhodzong.


 Monks wait to receive Their Majesties and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to 
the Grand Kuenrey of the Tashichhodzong.


 Their Majesties and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge light butterlamps in the Grand Kuenrey of Tashichhodzong, as nuns from Thimphu sing the 'Guru Soledep prayer.

 The act of lighting a butterlamp is part of everyday lives of the Bhutanese, which signifies dispelling darkness, and is considered to accumulate great merit. To light a thousand butterlamps magnifies the act.

 His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen outside the Grand Kuenrey of the Tashichodzong with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.


 Monks offer their farewell to Their Majesties and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
 as they leave the Tashichhodzong.


His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge 
at the Lingkana Palace. Their Majesties invited the Duke and Duchess 
for a private dinner at the Palace later this evening.

Prince William firing an arrow

Prince William also took up the archery challenge



Duke and Duchess of Cambridge try their hand at khuru

And the duke and duchess tried the dart-based sport khuru

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge greeting crowds in Bhutan

The couple rounded off their day of engagements in Bhutan with a private dinner with the King of Bhutan.
Kate kept it casual in a floaty maxidress from Tory Burch, an American designer. The gown is a classic column shape and embroidered with jewel-toned flowers and beading.

Friday was an early start for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as they set off on a challenging six-hour trek in Bhutan to the Tiger's Nest monastery. The monastery, which dates back to 1692, is located close to the cave where Guru Padmasambhava – who is credited with introducing Buddhism to Bhutan – is said to have meditated for three years, three months, three weeks and three days in the eighth century.

Stopping halfway to see their finishing point in the distance, William and Kate barely appeared to have broken a sweat. "Halfway, let's do it, let's go on," said William as they carried on. The couple paused again later on at a panoramic viewpoint overlooking the Tiger's Nest, before tackling the final 1,000 steps.

William looked slightly more flushed than his wife and wiping sweat off his brow, he laughed saying, "so far, so good" while also joking that the trek was "easy".

Kate, who is naturally sporty, looked more than ready to take on the challenge. The Duchess wore jeans, a white shirt and a dark brown leather waistcoat designed by one of her favourite outdoor British brands Really Wild, which she has worn in the past.

She completed her outfit with her trusty Penelope Chilver riding boots, another item she has owned for some time. Despite the difficult trek, not a hair was out of place for the Duchess, who topped off her look with black Ray Bans.

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