Queen of Bhutan Celebrates National Geographic’s Anniversary Coverage
THIMPHU, BHUTAN–Queen Jetsun Pema Wangchuck addressed a celebration of one hundred years of coverage of the Kingdom of Bhutan by National Geographic tonight, held at the Taj Tashi Hotel where the Society’s Committee for Research and Exploration (CRE) is lodging in the mountain kingdom’s capital. Led by National Geographic President and CEO Gary Knell, the CRE is touring Bhutan to learn about the country’s science and conservation programs and visit researchers in the field.
This evening’s event featured Bhutanese food and drink and a cultural program of festival dances. Here is the text of the Queen’s remarks, as released by her office:
Good Evening Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is a pleasure to be a part of the 100-year celebration on the coverage of the Kingdom of Bhutan by National Geographic.
In 1914, John Claude White’s fluent observations of our country, detailed in the April Issue of the National Geographic Magazine, unveiled the intricacies of our unfamiliar and mysterious land and people, to the rest of the world.
Bhutan has, across the century, made unique progress as a nation. We have continually fortified the values of our traditions and cultural heritage, and the essence of what was observed of our country, a hundred years ago, —> Read More Here