The Royal Bhutanese Embassy in Brussels hosted a reception on 15th December 2017 on the occasion of the 110th National Day in Brussels, Belgium. During the reception, Ambassador Pema Choden highlighted the importance and significance of the event which commemorates the coronation of Gongsa Ugyen Wangchuck, the first Druk Gyalpo in 1907. Ambassador Choden stated that it is the celebration of Bhutan’s special history and how far we have come as a nation under the visionary leadership of our successive Kings. She expressed appreciation to the European Union and its Member States for their support to Bhutan over the decades.
The reception was attended by nearly 300 people including members of the diplomatic corps, the Belgian government, the European Union, and business community and academia in Belgium, Honorary Consuls of Bhutan from Germany and the Netherlands, members of the friendship societies of Bhutan from Austria, Denmark, France, Netherlands, Germany, Sweden and the United Kingdom, as well as Bhutanese students and residents from countries across Europe. The State Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka His Excellency Mr. Vasantha Senayake was also present. Ms. Frances –Marie Uitti, an accomplished cellist and founder of Bhutan Music Foundation performed traditional Bhutanese music on her cello.
The Embassy also hosted a lunch for the Honorary Consuls and the Friendships Associations of Bhutan from European Union countries on 16th December 2017 at the Royal Bhutanese Embassy.