An afternoon of traditional sports and some soft touches

Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were received by the President of the Bhutan Indigenous Games and Sports Association (BIGSA) Dr. Kinzang Dorji at the entrance gate and escorted to the Royal Tent where His Royal Highness Dasho Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuk greeted the Royal couple.

While in the National Archery ground, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge was enthralled by varieties of indigenous sports like Khuru, Dae-go, compound and traditional archery matches by Bhutanese women and men.

Soon after the welcome tea, Bhutanese men showcased a unique traditional archery match in the first gallery which elated the Royal Couple. Later their Royal Highnesses attempted two shots each of Traditional archery almost making it to the target, the audience applauded their Highnesses.

The Duchess was briefly shocked to hear the translation of some traditional jeering of Prince William’s archery attempts but she took it in good humor and laughed it away.

The Duchess stole the show when she attempted some Khuru shots. While not on target the enthusiasm and grace behind the attempt was more than sufficient.

Their Highnesses also spent their time interacting with the special need students from Draktsho and Ability Bhutan Society under drizzling and windy afternoon.

Among the crowd, a special need student, Tandin Tshering with cerebral palsy and who is undergoing his Level – two, learning pre-vocational skills was touched by Their Highnesses taking time to talk with him under the harsh weather.

Tandin Tshering said that he was extremely happy by their Highnesses kind words and soft touch.

Another special need student Ugyen Wangchuk a cerebral palsy patient said that it was a dream come true to get an opportunity to talk live with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

“They were very humble and good looking and the Duke patted on my shoulder” Ugyen Wangchuk said.

According to the Project Coordinator with Draktsho, Gaden Chophel , the students were all excited and the Duke and Duchess talked to every special need students, asking their name and the student’s favorite things.

“We never thought that we would get chance to meet with them,”  Gaden Chophel said.


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