William and Kate to visit king and queen of mountainous Bhutan


The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will travel to the mountainous country of Bhutan after saying goodbye to India for a few days.

William and Kate will enjoy a scenic drive to the capital city Thimphu on Thursday after completing the first leg of their tour of India.

On Wednesday night the region of north-east India the Cambridges were visiting was struck by an earthquake which violently shook buildings and forced people to run from tall structures.

The couple will return to India on Saturday but over the next few days Bhutan's King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and his wife Queen Jetsun Pema, who are expected to name their first child - a boy - at the weekend, will be their hosts.

During the day the Cambridges will travel to the Thimphu Dzong, an imposing complex that is home to the Bhutanese government and stands close to the Wangchu River.

The Duke and Duchess will take part in a Chipdrel - a traditional welcome procession, complete with music, and participants in ceremonial dress.

Inside the Dzong, they will have a private audience with the king and queen before the foreign royals lead them across the Dzong's vast courtyard to a temple where they will receive a brief blessing and will light butter lamps.

In the afternoon William and Kate will visit Thimphu's open-air archery venue and see first-hand Bhutan's national sport, where archers compete to hit a small, brightly decorated wooden target 145 metres away.

The Duke and Duchess will also have the opportunity to meet young people from local schools and NGOs and see other traditional games.

In the evening the Cambridges will have a private dinner with the king and queen at Lingkana Palace.