Bhutan Officially A Constitutional Monarchy
The tiny Himalayan country of Bhutan is now a democratic constitutional monarchy – thanks to King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, who signed the constitution in gold ink.
“On this day of destiny, in the blessed land of Pelden Drukpa (glorious Bhutan) we, a fortunate people and king, hereby resolve to bring into effect the root and foundation — the very source — of all law in our nation,” the fifth king said. “This is the people’s constitution.”
The constitution was seven years in the making. It includes freedom of speech, thought and religion. It also requires that all monarchs to step down upon reaching the age of 65.
Royals To Take Part In BBC Reality Show
Five princes of five deposed or lesser known monarchies will be taking part in a BBC reality show called “Undercover Princes”. The point of the show will have the princes live in the UK as ordinary people for up to four weeks.
The princes who might take part in this include Prince Africa Zulu of Onkweni Royal House, Prince Leka of Albania, Prince Phillipos of Greece and Denmark, Prince Peter of Yugoslavia and Crown Prince Manvendra Singh of Rajpipia, India.
Crown Prince Naruhito In Spain
Japan’s Crown Prince Naruhito is currently in Spain for a six day trip which includes a meeting with King Juan Carlos and a visit to Water Expo. Noticably absent from this tour is Naruhito’s wife Crown Princess Masako.
The Crown Princess has once again stayed behind in Japan to recuperate from an illness brought on by stress. Naruhito asked for the public to understand Masako’s condition before leaving for Spain.
Upon arriving in Spain, the Crown Prince was greeted by Crown Prince Felipe.
On Thursday, Naruhito visited the Prado Art Museum in Madrid, and earned the keys to the city. In addition, he had dinner with the Spanish royal family, including with King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia.
Naruhito then will leave Madrid for the northern city of Zaragoza on Sunday to visit Expo 2008, an international exposition on water and sustainable development, an issue of longstanding interest for the heir to the Japanese Throne.