Recently, the Prime Minister of India conferred the Order of the Druk Gyalpo, Bhutan’s highest civilian award, by His Majesty the King of Bhutan.

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• Prime Minister Modi is the first foreign leader to be given this prestigious award.

• Bhutan’s King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck presented the award to Modi.

• He received the award during his visit to Bhutan. 

• He got it for his remarkable contribution to strengthening India-Bhutan relations and his service to the Bhutanese nation and people.

• Modi expressed his gratitude for receiving the award and dedicated it to the people of India.

About ‘Order of the Druk Gyalpo’

• The ‘Order of the Druk Gyalpo’ is Bhutan’s highest civilian award.

• It was instituted as the award for lifetime achievement and is the pinnacle of the honour system in Bhutan, taking precedence over all orders, awards and medals. 

• The King of Bhutan announced the conferment of the award during Bhutan’s 114th National Day celebrations at Thimphu in December 2021.

  • Bhutan’s National Day: celebrated on December 17th every year since, the coronation of the first king of Bhutan, Gongsar Ugyen Wangchuk, in 1907.

Others to receive this award include:

• Her Majesty The Royal Queen Grandmother Ashi Kesang Choden Wangchuck in 2008. 

• His Holiness Je Thrizur Tenzin Dendup in 2008

• His Holiness Je Khenpo Trulku Ngawang Jigme Choedra in 2018.

   List of awards and honours to the 14th Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi
S. NoAwardCountryDateImportant Information
1.Oder of King Abdulaziz Al SaudSaudi Arabia3 April 2016Highest Honour of Saudi Arabia awarded to non-Muslims.
2.State Order of Ghazi Amir Amanullah KhanAfghanistan4 June 2016The highest civilian honour of Afghanistan
3.Grand Collar of the State of PalestinePalestine10 February 2018The highest civilian honour of Palestine.
4.Order of ZayedUnited Arab Emirates4 April 2019The Highest civilian honour of the United Arab Emirates.
5.Order of St. Andrew the ApostleRussia12 April 2019Grand Cross with Collar, the highest civilian honour of Russia.
6.Order of the Distinguished Rule of IzzuddinMaldives8 June 2019Collar, the highest honour of the Maldives awarded to foreign dignitaries.
7.King Hamad order of the RenaissanceBahrain24 August 2019First Class, the third-highest civilian honour of Bahrain.
8.Legion of MeritUnited States21 December 2020Chief Commander, the highest degree of the Legion of Merit
9.Order of FijiFiji22 May 2023Companion, the highest civilian honour of Fiji.
10.Order of LogohuPapua New Guinea22 May 2023Grand Companion, the highest civilian honour of Papua New Guinea
11.Order of the NileEgypt25 June 2023Collar, the highest civilian honour of Egypt.
12.Legion of HonourFrance14 July 2023Grand Cross, the highest civilian honour of France
13.Order of HonourGreece25 August 2023Grand Cross, the second-highest civilian honour of Greece.
14.Order of the Druk GyalpoBhutan22 March 2024First Class, the highest civilian honour ofBhutan.

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