Order of the Dragon King

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Order of the Druk Gyalpo
Awarded by  Bhutan
Type Order
Awarded for distinguished services to Bhutanese nation or people
Status Currently constituted
Sovereign Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck
Grades (w/ post-nominals) First Class
Second Class
Established November 2008
Precedence
Next (higher) None
Next (lower) Order of Great Victory of the Thunder Dragon
BHT Order of the Dragon King Ribbon.svg
Ribbon bar of the order

The Order of the Druk Gyalpo (Dragon King) is the highest decoration of the Kingdom of Bhutan, awarded in recognition of a lifetime of service to the people and Kingdom of Bhutan. Existing in two categories, it is the pinnacle of the honor system in Bhutan and takes precedence over all other orders, decorations and medals. Consisting of two Classes manufactured in sterling silver, the First Class comprises a Breast Star and Sash Badge while the Second Class has only a Sash and Badge.

History[edit]

It was founded in 2008 by the reigning Monarch Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck to reward those who have devoted a lifetime of service to the nation and people of Bhutan

Grades[edit]

The order has two grades :

  • First class
  • Second class

Insignia[edit]

General display[edit]

The general display of the order depends of the recipient's dress.

In national Bhutanese dress :

  • First class : a badge from a large neck ribbon and a star from a medal ribbon on the left breast [1]
  • Second class : a badge worn from a large neck ribbon
The Bhutanese emblem

In European dress or uniform :

  • First class : badge hanging from a sash and a breast star (without ribbon) on the left breast
  • Second class : badge hanging from a sash

Details[edit]

The 80mm star consists of a large ornate gold plated back plate with an enameled border centrepiece in orange enamel, and a red enameled center with the Royal Symbol in gold.

The 60mm detachable badge bears the same design as the breast star, with a top suspension device for attaching to the sash.

For the badge and star, see this photo

The ribbon is orange with large white and darker orange border stripes

Notable Recipients[edit]

  • Her Majesty Queen Grandmother Ashi Kesang Choden[1] (Order of the Druk Gyalpo First Class)
  • His Holiness Je Thrizur Tenzin Dendup (Order of the Druk Gyalpo First Class)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b bhutan2008.bt, Photo of recipients