Thimphu: British Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on Thursday received a ceremonial welcome in the remote Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan.
Over the next two days the couple will meet the country’s king and queen and see the famous Tiger’s Nest monastery.
The royal couple was allowed into the cockpit of their Royal Bhutan Airways chartered jet to see it land at Paro airport – one of the most challenging places to touch down in the world.
They were greeted with a ceremonial scarf by the King of Bhutan’s sister.
William and Catherine are in the middle of a seven-day tour of India and Bhutan.
Later, they will meet Bhutan’s King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and his wife Queen Jetsun Pema – like the Cambridges, a young couple with a family.
They will return to India on Saturday, but over the next few days the duke and duchess will be hosted by Bhutan’s royal couple, who are expected to name their first child – a boy – at the weekend.
They are to have a private audience with the king and queen, as well as a private dinner together at Lingkana Palace.
The Cambridges will take part in a Chipdrel – a traditional welcome procession with music and ceremonial dress – and visit a temple.
They will also visit open-air archery venue in the capital Thimphu, and see first-hand Bhutan’s national sport, and trek up a mountain to visit the Tiger’s Nest monastery.