A royal encounter for Britain's William and Kate in Bhutan

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THIMPHU, April 14 (Reuters) - Britain's Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived on Thursday in the tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, where they will meet its glamorous young royal couple for the first time.

Prince William and wife Kate touched down at Bhutan's only international airport, nestled deep in a river valley, to be welcomed by members of the royal family and receive flowers from a boy and girl wearing traditional dress.

Bhutan's fifth king, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, and Queen Jetsun Pema will meet the British royals in a private audience and later host them to dinner, besides treating them to a display of archery, the national sport.

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Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge poses with his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge in front of the Paro Taktsang Monastery, Bhutan, April 15, 2016. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton
Photo by: KGC-22/STAR MAX/IPx 4/14/16 The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (William and Catherine) arrive in Bhutan for a two-day visit. One of their engagements took them to the National Stadium where there were some games going on. Both Prince William and Catherine tried their hand at archery and dart throwing.
Photo by: KGC-22/STAR MAX/IPx 4/15/16 The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (Prince William and Catherine) on their second day in Bhutan, were taking a trek to Tiger's Nest Monastery.
THIMPHU, BHUTAN - APRIL 14: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge looks on as Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge fires an arrow during an Bhutanese archery demonstration on the first day of a two day visit to Bhutan on the 14th April 2016 in Paro, Bhutan. The Royal couple are visiting Bhutan as part of a week long visit to India and Bhutan that has taken in cities such as Mumbai, Delhi, Kaziranga, Bhutan and Agra. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
THIMPHU, BHUTAN - APRIL 14: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge looks on as Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge fires an arrow during an Bhutanese archery demonstration on the first day of a two day visit to Bhutan on the 14th April 2016 in Paro, Bhutan. The Royal couple are visiting Bhutan as part of a week long visit to India and Bhutan that has taken in cities such as Mumbai, Delhi, Kaziranga, Bhutan and Agra. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
THIMPHU, BHUTAN - APRIL 14: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge reacts are taking part in archery at Thimphu's open-air archery venue on April 14, 2016 in Thimphu, Bhutan. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
THIMPHU, BHUTAN - APRIL 14: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge arrive for a ceremonial welcome at Paro International Airport for the first day of a two day visit to Bhutan on April 14, 2016 in Paro, Bhutan. The Royal couple are visiting Bhutan as part of a week long visit to India and Bhutan that has taken in cities such as Mumbai, Delhi, Kaziranga, Bhutan and Agra. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
THIMPHU, BHUTAN - APRIL 14: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge arrive at Paro International Airport for the start of there 2 day tour of Bhutan April 14, 2016 in Thimphu, Bhutan. (Photo by Danny Martindale/WireImage)
TOPSHOT - Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge(L)and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge follow a ceremonial procession after arriving at the tshichodzong to meet the King and Queen of Bhutan in Thimphu on April 14, 2016. / AFP / Roberto SCHMIDT (Photo credit should read ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)
The Duchess of Cambridge takes part in a traditional chipdrel welcome procession at Tashichho Dzong, in Thimphu, Bhutan, on day five of the royal tour to India and Bhutan.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge take part in a traditional chipdrel welcome procession at Tashichho Dzong, in Thimphu, Bhutan, on day five of the royal tour to India and Bhutan.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge pose for a photo with the sister of the King of Bhutan Chhimi Yangzom and her husband at Paro International Airport, Bhutan, during day five of the Royal tour to India and Bhutan.
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The 25-year-old queen, born a commoner, as Kate was, is viewed as a style icon across much of Asia. Both couples have started families, with Jetsun Pema giving birth to her first son, the crown prince, this February.

"The prince and princess of England have never visited Bhutan, so, I think it is a great moment for Bhutan," said Tsering Pem, a resident of the capital, Thimphu, where the 16th-century seat of government was given a fresh coat of paint before the visit.

"Two of the best royal couples in the world are meeting, so I think it is pretty exciting," she said.

Pictures of Bhutan's king and queen:

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PARO, BHUTAN - OCTOBER 13: His majesty King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, 31, and Queen Jetsun Pema, 21, walk out after their marriage ceremony is completed on October 13, 2011 in Punakha, Bhutan. The popular Oxford-educated king's ceremony will be followed by celebration in the capital and countryside. (Photo by Triston Yeo/Getty Images)
In this Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016 photo released by the Royal Office for Media of the Kingdom of Bhutan, Bhutanese King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, left, his father and the fourth King of Bhutan Jigme Singye Wangchuck, center, and Queen Jetsun Pema pose with the royal couple's newly born son, Crown Prince Gyalsey, on Losar, the Bhutanese new year based on the Lunar calendar, celebrated this year on Tuesday, at the Lingkana Palace in Thimphu, Bhutan. The Royal Media Office announced the baby boy was born Friday, Feb. 5 to the royal couple. (The Royal Office for Media of the Kingdom of Bhutan via AP) NO SALES, MANDATORY CREDIT
CHANDIGARH, INDIA - OCTOBER 5: Bhutan King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and his wife Jetsun Pema Wangchuck at Rock Garden on October 5, 2014 in Chandigarh, India. During his visit to India, Bhutan King said India has played a vital role in education in Bhutan. Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck is the son of Jigme Singye Wangchuck and the 5th and current reigning Dragon King of the Kingdom of Bhutan. He became King on 9 December 2006. (Photo by Keshav Singh/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - NOVEMBER 17: King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema of Bhutan arrive at Meiji Jingu Shrine on November 17, 2011 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Jun Sato/WireImage)
Bhutan's King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck (centre R) and Queen Jetsun Pema (centre L) smile as they are surrounded by young judo players after inspecting a judo training session at Tokyo's Kodokan judo gymnasium on November 17, 2011. Bhutan's royal couple are on a six-day visit to Japan as state guests. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - NOVEMBER 16: Bhutan's King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema are seen during the welcoming ceremony at the Imperial Palace on November 16, 2011 in Tokyo, Japan. It is their first visit to Japan and scheduled to stay in Japan until November 20. (Photo by Kasahara KATSUMI/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Bhutanese royal couple King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck (L) kisses the Queen Jetsun Pema during a ceremony at the main stadium in Thimphu in Bhutan on October 15, 2011. Bhutan's newly-married king and his 21-year-old bride greeted huge crowds of well-wishers on October 14 as they made their way on foot back to the capital along windy Himalayan roads. The hugely popular 31-year-old king, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, married and crowned Jetsun Pema, the commoner daughter of an airline pilot, on Thursday in a colourful Buddhist ceremony in the ancient capital of Punakha. AFP PHOTO/ Prakash SINGH (Photo credit should read PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images)
THIMPHU, BHUTAN - OCTOBER 15: The Queen mothers, from left Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck, Queen of Bhutan Ashi Jetsun Pema Wangchuck,Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck and Sangay Choden Wangchuck prepare to leave the ChangLeme Thang stadium after the end of the wedding celebration festivities October 15, 2011 in Thimphu, Bhutan. In this final day of wedding celebrations for the royal couple more than 50,000 people turned up at the stadium to see dancing and singing. (Photo by Paula Bronstein /Getty Images)
THIMPHU, BHUTAN - OCTOBER 15: His Majesty, King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck (L) steals a glance at Her Majesty Queen Ashi Jetsun Pema Wangchuck (R) while addressing the turnout at the Chang Lime Thang stadium on October 15, 2011 in Thimphu, Bhutan. In this final day of wedding celebrations for the royal wedding, more than 50,000 people turned up at the stadium with about 500 performers to entertain the guests. (Photo by Triston Yeo/Getty Images)
PUNAKHA, BHUTAN - OCTOBER 13: Bhutan King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema before their wedding at the Punakha Dzong in Punakha, Bhutan on 13 October, 2011. (Photo by Naveen Jora/India Today Group/Getty Images)
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During their two-day stay the British royals, who have been touring India, will trek to the Tiger's Nest, an ancient Buddhist monastery perched 3,000 meters (10,000 feet) up a mountain.

William's father, Prince Charles, failed to complete the steep ascent to the Tiger's Nest during a visit in 1998, opting instead to paint a watercolor of the scene.

Their week-long tour ends back in India next Saturday at the Taj Mahal, revisiting the scene of a solo - and much photographed - visit in 1992 by the late Princess Diana, to the monument to love.

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