HM King Khesar on official visit to India

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The fifth King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuk and Queen Jetsun Pema will be received in India as state guest on January 6.

King Khesar shakes hand with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
King Khesar shakes hand with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh

The royal couple shall be the first foreign Head of State in two decades to stay in the renovated Dwarka suite in Rashtrapati Bhawan. The couple is on five day official visit to India, on the invitation of President.

According to Zee news, the king and queen will meet President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice-president Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Man Mohan Singh, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and External affairs Minister Salman Khurshid while Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde will also call to the royals.

This is the third official visit of the King to India. In last year’s republic day parade in India, HM Khesar was invited as the chief guest. Besides, the king and the queen had been to various historic and cultural sites of India during their honeymoon visit in October, 2011 soon after marriage.

Bhutan has been a traditional good friend of India, thus enjoys largesse of India in the sub-continent.