Bhutanese royals pay respects to King

Bhutanese royals pay respects to King

The king and queen of Bhutan pay respects to the royal urn of His Majesty the King at the Grand Palace on Sunday. (Photo from King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck Facebook account)
The king and queen of Bhutan pay respects to the royal urn of His Majesty the King at the Grand Palace on Sunday. (Photo from King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck Facebook account)

King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema of Bhutan on Sunday morning paid respects to the royal urn of His Majesty the King at the Grand Palace.

They arrived with their son at about 9.48am and entered the Grand Palace via the Wiset Chaisri Gate. They were greeted on arrival by a large number of people.

The Bhutanese king and queen left at 10.17am.

"To the Incomparable, Visionary and Most Precious Jewel King, the King of Thailand, who attained Parinirvana, I would like to offer my deepest respect, and my heartfelt prayers. May Your Majesty always be born as Dharma Raja, to the benefit of all sentient beings," he wrote on his Facebook account on Sunday.

The king and queen of Bhutan arrived on Saturday evening.

King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck is at the Kuenra of the Tashichhodzong in Thimpu lighting candles next to a portrait of His Majesty the King on Thursday. (AFP/Royal Office for Media Bhutan photo)

The relationship between the royal families of the two countries has been warm, especially after the Bhutanese king, then the crown prince, joined the celebrations in Bangkok marking the 60th anniversary celebrations of His Majesty's accession to the throne in 2006, along with royals from 25 countries.

The Bhutanese king and the royal family led a group of clergy, senior government officials and the Thai community in the southern Asian country in offering a thousand butter lamps and prayers in memory of the Thai King at the Kuenra of the Tashichhodzong in Thimpu on Thursday.

King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck also ordered the Bhutan flags to fly at half-mast for three days in honour of the late King.


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