On November 23, 2011, T.M.s King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema of Bhutan arrived in London, England as part of their tour of the country.
The reigning couple met with T.R.H.s the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall this afternoon at Clarence House. It is unknown at this time how long King Jigme and Queen Jetsun will tour England.
It was a rainy day at the Kinkakuji Temple in Kyoto, Japan where Their Majesties King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema of Bhutan stopped by for a visit. The reigning couple also had a chance to visit other fantastic sites in and around Kyoto.
Their Majesties King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema of Bhutan continued their six-day official visit to Japan on November 18, 2011.
The day began with reigning couple visiting an elementary school in Soma, Fukushima prefecture, an area affected by the March 11, 2011 disastrous earthquake and tsunami. During their time at the school the king and queen spoke at length with the students about his country and other important stuff.
Later on in the afternoon, King Jigme and Queen Jetsun had a meeting with H.I.H. Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan at the Akasaka guest house in Tokyo. They also had a chance to met with H.I.M. Empress Michiko of Japan.
On November 16, 2011, T.M.s King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema of Bhutan continued their official visit to Japan this afternoon.
H.I.H. Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan welcomed the royal couple at the Imperial Palace on behalf of the Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko. The Emperor is still in the hospital battling Bronchitis. During the welcoming ceremony the national anthems of the two countries were played, and King Jigme received a salute from a Ground Self-Defense Force Honor Guard.
In the evening there was a state banquet at the Imperial Palace with 150 people in attendance including Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda. In his welcoming speech, Crown Prince Naruhito noted that it was a “…pleasure to welcome the King and Queen so soon after their marriage.”
Crown Prince Naruhito also noted that his father, Emperor Akihito, expressed “…gratitude to Bhutan for the aid extended to victims of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan.”
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On November 15, 2011, T.M.s King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema of Bhutan arrived in Tokyo, Japan to begin their six-day official visit to the country.
The reigning couple met with Japanese Prime Minister, Yoshihiko Noda and his wife, Hitomi, at the Akasaka guesthouse in Tokyo where they discussed important issues concerning their countries.
During their visit King Jigme and Queen Jetsun are scheduled to visit Soma City in Fukushima Prefecture and meet local youth, attend a gala banquet with members of the Japanese Imperial family, visit Keio University were the king will receive an honorary doctorate, and much more.