As the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge progress through their Asian tour, we take a look at the lesser-known of the two countries on their itinerary: Bhutan.
Largely isolated from the world until about 40 years ago, Bhutan is now host to tourists and boasts access to the internet. It was a big deal for such a small Buddhist country, intent on keeping the world at bay and fiercely guarding its culture. The previous king, Jigme Singye Wangchuck, acknowledged that “one way or another, change is coming”1, and brought his country closer to the rest of the world than any of his predecessors. He opened the doors to a more democratic system and began the process of phasing out absolute rule.
In 2006 he handed over the reins of power to his son, Jigme Khesar Namgyel in order to further pave the way for a more democratic rule.
Seen below are the two articles I wrote in 2014: one is the background of the kingdom, and one is an interview with a woman who has trekked to Bhutan in aid of girls’ education. You’ll be amazed and inspired as I hope William and Kate will be also.