Visit: His Majesty the King and Her Majesty the Gyaltsuen, who are on a royal tour of the southern dzongkhags visited the Shivalaya Mandir, the Samtse College of Education (SCE), and Samtse Lower Secondary School during Their Majesties’ visit to Samtse recently.

His Majesty the King granted audiences to the students and teachers at the school, and the students and lecturers of SCE.

His Majesty also inspected the construction of the Shivalaya mandir (temple). His Majesty commanded the construction of the mandir after the Royal wedding as a gift to the community. The mandir, which has been constructed out of intricately carved sandstone, and features marble statues of Lord Shiva and other deities, was built around a sacred site where a small mandir previously stood. It will be completed this year, coinciding with the 60th Birth Anniversary of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo.

During the Royal Tour to the southern dzongkhags, Their Majesties earlier travelled to Phuentsholing and Gelephu.

In Phuentsholing, His Majesty visited the Royal Institute of Governance and Strategic Studies, and granted an audience to the participants of the ongoing 4th Senior Executive Leadership Programme.

Their Majesties visited Sonamgang Middle Secondary School and Phuentsholing Lower Secondary School in Phuentsholing. In Gelephu, Their Majesties visited Gelephu Lower Secondary School and Bhutan Hydropower Services Limited in Jigmeling.

His Majesty also graced the Royal Bhutan Police’s 47th Batch Gagsars’ Attestation Parade where 150 men and 50 women recruits completed their training from the Jigmeling Police Training Institute on March 15.

By Staff Reporter