HRH the Princess will visit three schools where she supports agriculture programmes

Royal visit: Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn arrived in the country for a four-day visit yesterday.

Her Royal Highness Princess Sonam Dechan Wangchuck received her at Paro International Airport.

HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn will receive an audience with His Majesty The King and The Fourth Druk Gyalpo today. She will also light butter lamps at the Kuenrey of Trashichhodzong in between the audience programmes. His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen will host a private dinner at Lingkana Palace today.

Her Royal Highness visited Kyichu Monastery in Paro and viewed Taktshang from the base of the mountain.

The Princess visited Wanakha Central School (CS) to check on the progress of projects she funded in 2012. She interacted with students and also planted a cypress tree in front of the main school building.

Wanakha CS principal Kinley Jamtsho said that HRH’s support for the agriculture project in the school helped the students greatly.

The school recently upgraded to a middle secondary from a lower secondary school. It is building a poultry shed and mushroom house next to its vegetable garden.

Wanakha CS, Yurung, and Wangbama Middle Second School were the first three schools to implement an agriculture programme with support from HRH the Princess. The programme was a replica of the “agriculture for school lunch”, a most successful programme in most of the schools across the country.

HRH the Princess will also visit Samtengang CS in Wangdue and Wangbama CS, Thimphu during her visit.

Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn

Born in 1955, HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn is one of the four daughters of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, King Rama IX, and Her Majesty Queen Sirikit of Thailand.

Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn obtained a Master of Arts in Oriental Epigraphy (Sanskrit and Cambodian) from Silpakorn University in 1978, and a Master of Arts in Pali and Sanskrit from Chulalongkorn University in 1980. She holds a doctorate in Development Education, an inter-disciplinary degree for her professional development at Srinakarinwirot University.

Her Royal Highness founded the HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Charity Fund to support projects that improve people’s lives including programmes that relieve victims of catastrophe.

For her humanitarian works both within and outside Thailand, she received numerous awards and recognitions. His Majesty the King of Thailand also conferred the Orders of the Kingdom of Thailand for her services and HRH also received the Orders of Other Nations in recognition of her contributions to relations between nations.

Tshering Palden