His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen with the scouts, Desuups and scoutmasters at the National Scout Day celebrations.

Celebration: His Majesty The King graced the celebration of the first National Scouts Day, which will be observed from this year onwards on 21st February, coinciding with His Majesty’s Birth Anniversary.

Scouts from various schools in Thimphu, as well from across the country, along with a contingent of De Suups, participated in the event.

Addressing the scouts, His Majesty said that ever since scouting began in Bhutan in 1996, His Majesty addressed every annual event, and as a result, shares a deep bond with scouts in Bhutan.

His Majesty reminded the scouts that they are the custodians of our National heritage and culture, as well as the custodians of peace and harmony, and must always strive for excellence.

“Your hard work, and every extra effort that you put in, is an investment that you make today for your future, and a present from you to your King and Country,” His Majesty said.

His Majesty said that we must be deeply conscious of the immense struggle that a nation like ours faces to succeed in the 21st century, as we carry out our work.

The scouts offered a cake to His Majesty The King, and presented a cultural performance before Their Majesties. They also set up various stalls with food and games to celebrate the day.

In the afternoon, His Majesty The King signed Royal Charters to establish a Law School in Bhutan, and for De Suung, at the Throne Room of the Tashichhodzong.

The Law School, which will be built in Paro, is envisioned the primary locus of legal education and the primary pathway to admission to practice law in Bhutan. It will also serve as a centre for the promotion and promulgation of research concerning Bhutanese laws and legal system. The institute aims to recruit its first batch of LLB students by 2017, and upgrade to provide LLM courses in the next 3-4years, with a focus on environment and sustainability.

DeSuung was initiated upon Royal Command in 2011, and has trained 14 batches of volunteers so far. The volunteers have assisted the armed forces and police during national events, and in times of disasters.

His Majesty The King also granted Citizenship Kidu to 196 individuals at the Kuenrey of the Tashichhodzong.

His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen with recipients of His Majesty’s Kidu for citizenship in front of the Kuenrey of the Tashichhdzong.


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