The coming week will see a visit from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge otherwise popularly known as ‘Prince William and Kate.’
There is a lot of international media interest in the visit given the unique characteristics of both the Royal couples.
His Majesty the King and Her Majesty the Gyaltsuen enjoy a strong international profile of their own as a young Royal couple successfully leading a country, known for its uniqueness and traditional values in an age of aggressive globalization.
Their Majesties on the lighter side also regularly make it to the top of several international charts ranking heads of states on their good looks and charm, which is a secret source of pride for many young Bhutanese.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are the young and charming faces of the British Royalty, which is itself undergoing a transition of its own. The Royal couple also attracts enormous international media interest.
There is a major soft power aspect to this meeting, in an age when soft cultural power is increasingly becoming an important aspect of statecraft. In short, the visit and meeting will give an additional boost to Bhutan’s already good international image.
The visit also has a historical aspect from the start of the Monarchy in Bhutan, and how both Royal families have since then maintained close and cordial ties through the ages and generations.
It was in the mid 90’s when Prince William’s father, the Prince of Wales or Prince Charles visited Bhutan and was captivated by it.
The two Royal couples also share similar characteristics in being at the forefront of two successful and hugely popular Monarchies in a modern and global era.
Both the Bhutanese and British Royalty have shown good and strong leadership in many trying circumstances taking their respective countries from strength to strength.
This is combined with an enlightened approach of bringing about reforms, for the larger good of the country, at the right time.
Another striking similarity is how both the Royal couples and Monarchies have adapted well to change.
At a deeper level the two Royal families are at the soul of their respective nations and have come to define and hold together the very idea of Bhutan and the United Kingdom.
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