Order of Great Victory of the Thunder Dragon

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Order of Great Victory of the Thunder Dragon (Druk Wangyel)
Awarded by  Bhutan
Type Order
Awarded for as the country’s principal civilian honour
Status Currently constituted
Sovereign Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck
Grades (w/ post-nominals) First Class
Second Class
Established 1985
Precedence
Next (higher) Order of the Dragon King
Next (lower) Royal Order of Bhutan
BHT Druk Wangyel Ribbon.svg
Ribbon bar of the order

The Order of Great Victory of the Thunder Dragon (Dzongkha : Druk Wangyel / Druk Wangyal) is the Highest Civilian Decoration awarded in recognition for outstanding dedication, loyalty and commitment. Founded by King Jigme Singye Wangchuck in 1985 as the country’s principal national honour, it was redesigned and instituted as the Second Highest Honor in the kingdom. The decoration consists of a Badge and a Star. Its postnominal letter is DWG.

Ranks[edit]

It is composed of two classes  :

  • First Class:
  • Second Class

Insignia[edit]

General disposition[edit]

The general disposition of the insignia depend on the recipient's dress :

In National dress:

  • First Class: a badge worn from a large neck ribbon and a star from a ribbon on the left breast,
  • Second Class: a badge worn from a large neck ribbon

In European dress or uniform:

  • First Class: The badge hanging from a sash and a breast star on the left breast.
  • Second Class: The badge hanging from a sash (no breast star)
The Bhutanese National Flag

Details[edit]

The 60 mm badge consists of a gold plated back plate consisting of crossed dorji (crossed thunderbolt) with lattice work, and an enamelled flag of Bhutan with beaded gold edge, with the dragon mounted in gold. (photo)

The 80 mm breast star consists of a large ornate gold plated back plate with silver trumpets (dhung) individually pegged onto back star. The centre is an enamelled flag of Bhutan, with the dragon in gold, identical to the badge.

The ribbon is dark orange

Notable Recipients[edit]

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