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Old 06-08-2016, 02:07 AM
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The king and queen arrived to Paros International Airport
https://twitter.com/tashiReporter/st...99910189694976

JUST IN: His Majesty the King Carl XVI Gustaf and Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden arrived in the country, today. Their Majesties were received by Her Royal Highness Princess Kezang Choden Wangchuck and Her Royal Highness Princess Dechen Yangzom Wangchuck at the Paro International Airport. Other senior officials were also present at the reception.They are here on a four-day state visit.
https://www.facebook.com/bbsnews/posts/1327388610608972

Prime minister Tshering Tobgay at his Twitter
"On behalf of the government & people of Bhutan, I extend a very warm welcome to Their Majesties the King and Queen of Sweden to our Kingdom"
https://twitter.com/tsheringtobgay/s...25600658202625

Photos by Jonas Ekströmer
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Old 06-08-2016, 03:47 AM
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Its nice we see a variety of the king's sisters. Will and Kate were greeted by Princess Chimi, who is the mother of the previous king's first grandchild (the Gyalsey is the second). Princess Deschen, one of the two today, is the current king's only full sister (his mother had 2 boys and a girl).

I love the beautiful dresses. I am so excited the tour has started and to see more photos of this country.
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Old 06-08-2016, 05:07 AM
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Drukair Royal Bhutan Airlines welcomes His Majesty the King Carl XVI Gustaf and Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden. Their Majesties were received by Her Royal Highness Princess Kezang Choden Wangchuck and Her Royal Highness Princess Dechen Yangzom Wangchuck at the Paro International Airport.
https://www.facebook.com/Drukair/posts/1026573667431224

The swedish royal court updates the photos from the first day here:
Kungaparets statsbesök till Bhutan – dag 1 - Sveriges Kungahus

Press release about the visit from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bhutan
http://www.mfa.gov.bt/wp-content/upl...ase-8-June.pdf
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Old 06-08-2016, 07:06 AM
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I think the previous king has more than two grandchildren; from his children four daughters and two sons are already married.
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Old 06-08-2016, 07:20 AM
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The two royal couples, photo Jonas Ekströmer.
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Another photo
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Ckcjtc7XAAAn2m-.jpg

In this Handout photograph released by Bhutan Royal office for media shows Bhutan King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and King Carl Gustaf come out from Tashichho Dzong in Thimphu.
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In Tashichho Dzong, photos Jonas Ekströmer.
http://imageupper.com/i/?S0200010020...54041272212540
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Stort bildspel! Här anländer kungaparet till Bhutan _ Svensk Damtidning
Drottningens snabba förändring _ Svensk Damtidning

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http://www.expressen.se/tv/nyheter/k...esok-i-bhutan/
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Old 06-08-2016, 02:49 PM
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From the welcome ceremony: Drottningens snabba förändring | Svensk Damtidning
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Old 06-08-2016, 02:54 PM
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ROYAL: Carl Gustaf und Silvia zum offiziellen Staatsbesuch in Bhutan, Tag 1

Kungaparets exotiska resa _ Stoppa Pressarna

Their Majesties the King and Queen of Sweden to visit UN projects during State visit to Bhutan
On this first State visit to Bhutan since establishing diplomatic relations in 1985, their Majesties will visit two United Nations projects—one on preparedness for and reducing the risks from climate-exacerbated forest fires, and one on empowering Buddhist nuns to provide sexual education —reflecting Sweden’s longstanding partnership with the United Nations on achieving sustainable development results.
Their Majesties will first visit a section of the multi-use fire access trail that rings Thimphu city, constructed by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests with help from volunteers. Thimphu experienced 25 forest fires during the fiscal year 2015/2016, more than double the number in 2014/2015.
Their Majesties will also visit the Sangchen Dorji Lhendrup Nunnery in Wolokha in Punakha, one of 26 nunneries in Bhutan where the United Nations Population Fund in collaboration with the Bhutan Nuns Foundation works to advance education on sexual and reproductive health and gender based-violence prevention.
Their Majesties the King and Queen of Sweden to visit UN projects during State visit to Bhutan _ UNDP in Bhutan
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Old 06-08-2016, 03:51 PM
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Thank you to all those who have shared the photos and videos of the state visit so far. I think I've said this before, but, I think it's great that more European RFs are starting to visit Bhutan, as it gives the Bhutanese RF and Bhutan itself more publicity. It was nice seeing Queen Silvia and King Carl Gustaf with Queen Jetsun Pema and King Jigme. Jetsun Pema looked stunning, as per usual, in the traditional dress.
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Old 06-08-2016, 04:35 PM
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I think the previous king has more than two grandchildren; from his children four daughters and two sons are already married.
As far as I know, officially the previous King only has two grandchildren, from Princess Chimi and King Jigme Khesar. He might have more of his children married but none of them had children yet, except for the ones I mentioned before.
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Old 06-08-2016, 04:42 PM
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I think the previous king has more than two grandchildren; from his children four daughters and two sons are already married.
You're right, I missed one. Chimi has 2 sons. As far as I can find, none of his other siblings who are married (including his brother who is married to Jetsun's sister) have children.
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Old 06-08-2016, 07:14 PM
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aren't there gonna be a state banquet tonight ?!
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Old 06-09-2016, 01:15 AM
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aren't there gonna be a state banquet tonight ?!
No, this press release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bhutan tells, that the king and queen of Bhutan hosted a private dinner for the king and queen in the evening.
http://www.mfa.gov.bt/wp-content/upl...ase-8-June.pdf

Expressen's royal reporter Johan T Lindwall is in Bhutan and writes at his article that normally state visits have always a welcome ceremony with the country's incumbent head of state, but King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck often avoids public occasions, and instead it was now king Carl XVI Gustaf, who inspected the guard of honor. The royal couples' meeting was after that behind closed doors.
Then to everyone's surprise, Bhutan's king came out with the king of Sweden and escorted the Swedish royal couple to their car. After having said goodbye King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck told to Expressen about the visit. Interviews with him are extremely rare:
- Great to have them here as my guests. It is with pride that I welcomed them and it's not the first time we'll have them on a visit to Bhutan. Second time.
What did you talk about with the Swedish king?
- About the relations between Sweden and Bhutan. How we can develop them even better. The talks were good and fruitful.
What does the King think of our Swedish royal couple?
- Great people! An honor to meet them and talk to them. Two wonderful individuals. I am grateful that they are here.
The King and Queen Silvia continued the day by, among other things meeting the Prime Minister and students from Bhutan. Afterwards, the king summed the first day of the state visit:
- The state visit began today in an extremely positive way by many meetings, the king said.
Presidenten_ Kungen och drottningen är två fina personer _ Kungligt _ Expressen
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The Prime minister of Bhutan at his official Facebook about the meeting with the king and queen, there is a long text about the meeting:
https://www.facebook.com/PMBhutan/ph...type=3&theater

His Majesty grants audience to Sweden’s King and Queen - BBS _ BBS
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Old 06-09-2016, 02:01 AM
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Was the same with Will and Kate, a private dinner. We just got pictures of the couple leaving their hotel to attend.
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Old 06-09-2016, 02:40 AM
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From the first day with the king and queen of Bhutan
ROYAL: Carl Gustaf und Silvia zum offiziellen Staatsbesuch in Bhutan, Tag 1

The second day started with Bhutan-Sweden Cooperation Forum
https://twitter.com/PMBhutan/status/740750138079993856
https://twitter.com/BusinessSweIND/s...71128050917376

From the Cooperation Forum, from the Facebook of the Prime minister. He showed also some domestic products to the king and queen.
https://www.facebook.com/PMBhutan/posts/931481686964535
From prime minister's Twitter
https://twitter.com/tsheringtobgay/s...94030129319937

Swedish court Instagram: Bhutan's prime minister Tschering Tobgay receives a demonstration of a Swedish sawing technique. During the King and Queens state visit to Bhutan a number of representatives from the Swedish business community participates
https://www.instagram.com/p/BGbQNvxv...-by=kungahuset

From the Prime minister's Facebook
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Photos from the Facebook of the Royal Textile Academy of Bhutan
"It was an extreme honor to receive Their Majesties The King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden to the RTA this morning. Their Majesties visited the galleries, the conservation center and the weaving school. Thank you Your Majesties for the Honor!"
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Old 06-09-2016, 08:35 AM
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The king and queen with the former king, king Jigme Singye Wangchuck with three of his four wives, queen mothers Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck, Tshering Pem Wangchuck and Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck. Photos Jonas Ekströmer.
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The king and queen visited a section of the multi-use fire access trail that rings Thimphu city, constructed by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests with help from volunteers.
https://twitter.com/UNDP_Sweden/stat...00170934558721
https://twitter.com/UndpBhutan/statu...60280729571328

The king and queen visited the Buddha statue in Kuensel Phodrang in Thimpu Nature Park. Photo Jonas Ekströmer.
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ROYAL: Carl Gustaf und Silvia zum Staatsbesuch in Bhutan, Tag 2

Some HQ photos from the website of the swedish royal court
http://www.kungahuset.se/images/200....stromer+02.jpg
http://www.kungahuset.se/images/200....stromer+01.jpg
http://www.kungahuset.se/images/200....stromer+03.jpg

About the second day at the website of the swedish royal court
Kungaparets statsbesök till Bhutan – dag 2 - Sveriges Kungahus
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Was the same with Will and Kate, a private dinner. We just got pictures of the couple leaving their hotel to attend.

I guess the state banquets we know are a pretty foreign concept in Bhutan, aren´t they?
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Old 06-10-2016, 05:08 AM
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Gallery from Thursday
12 magiska bilder från kungaparets resa i Bhutan _ Svensk Damtidning
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Many thanks for the updates, LadyFinn.

I do wonder whether there is a cultural, religious or historic reason why Bhutan does not seem to hold state banquets?

I have been looking for some good video footage of the State Visit and discovered the video below of King Carl Gustav's and Queen Silvia's private visit and thought I would post it here:

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Old 06-10-2016, 08:35 AM
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Photos from Friday
The Swedish Royals arrive at nunnery in Wolakha to vist @UNFPA project on life skills and sexual education
https://twitter.com/unbhutan/status/741138712017444864

#Swedish Queen asking nuns how their @UNFPA life skill training has changed their lives and the lives around them
https://twitter.com/unbhutan/status/741173458197843968

Great visit by Swedish #Royals to @UNDP & @UNFPA projects in #Bhutan. #UN with #Swedish funding makes a difference!
https://twitter.com/UNDP_Sweden/stat...30120363401216

With the nuns in Wolakha, photos by Jonas Ekströmer
http://imageupper.com/i/?S0200010090...55729522216294
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Meeting the monks at Punakha Dzong, photos by Jonas Ekströmer
http://imageupper.com/i/?S0300010070...55733452215201
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The king and queen visited Bjara Village. They gave there a water pump, the queen had cozy time with a little child and the king took photos. Photos Jonas Ekströmer.
http://imageupper.com/i/?S0500010090...55740812218124
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The king took photos also of the queen. Photo Jonas Ekströmer.
http://imageupper.com/i/?S0200010090...55767742218341
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ROYAL: Carl Gustaf und Silvia zum Staatsbesuch in Bhutan, Tag 3
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