The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Meet the King and Queen of Bhutan

  April 14, 2016 at 8:51 am by

Leaving India this morning, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have met with the King and Queen of Bhutan as they arrived in the tiny mountain nation on a two-day visit.

At the Tashichho Dzong in Thimphu, William and Kate took part in a chipdrel with King Jigme Khesar and Queen Jetsun Pema – both wearing traditional Bhutanese dress. A chipdrel is the country’s traditional welcoming procession.

The two couples had a brief audience before attending a blessing ceremony at the temple across the courtyard.

The Duke and Duchess then headed to an archery event nearby, hosted by Prince Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck, younger brother of the King, where both tried their hand at Bhutan’s national sport. Neither of the visiting royals were able to hit the wooden targets, both sending their arrows wide. They also spent time meeting local children through charities Draktsho and Ability Bhutan.

Kate wore a purple and turquoise skirt made from traditional Bhutanese fabric and a cream patterned top from Paul & Joe for the day’s engagements.

Earlier, they were welcomed by King Jigme Khesar’s elder sister, Princess Chimi Yangzom Wangchuck, and her husband at the airport in Paro.

King Jigme Khesar and Queen Jetsun Pema will host the Cambridges for a private dinner this evening.

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