BHUTAN

ORDERS AND DECORATIONS

Druk Gyalpo (the Order of the Dragon King): founded by King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck in November 2008 as the nation’s highest honour bestowed upon on individuals who have devoted a lifetime of service to to “Tsa-Wa-Sum”, the king, country and the people. Awarded in two classes (1. First Class: National dress – a badge worn from a neck ribbon and a breast star worn from a small medal ribbon on the left breast, European dress or uniform - a broad riband with a the badge attached, and the breast star worn alone on the left breast. 2. Second Class: National dress – a badge worn from a neck ribbon, European dress or uniform – a broad riband with a the badge attached without a breast star).
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The Order of the Druk Gyalpo, First Class - sash, sash badge and breast star.
Druk Ugyel: founded by King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck in 2008 as reward for distinguished national service (postnominal=DUG). Awarded in a single class (National dress: a badge worn from a neck ribbon without breast star, European dress or uniform – a broad riband with a the badge attached and without a breast star).
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The Druk Ugyel Decoration - badge

Druk Wangyel (Great Victory of the Thunder Dragon): founded by King Jigme Singye Wangchuck in 1985 as the country’s principal national honour (postnominal=DWG). Awarded in two classes (1. First Class: National dress: a badge worn from a neck ribbon and a breast star worn from a small medal ribbon on the left breast, European
dress or uniform – a broad riband with a the badge attached, and the breast star worn alone on the left breast. 2. Second Class: National dress – a badge worn from a neck ribbon, European dress or uniform – a broad riband with a the badge attached without a breast star).
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The Druk Wangyel Decoration, Second Class - badge.

Druk Thuksey (‘Son of the Heart of the Thunder Dragon’ also known as The Royal Order of Bhutan): founded by King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk in 1966 as the highest individual civilian decoration awarded for outstanding services to “Tsa-Wa-Sum”, the king, country and the people. Awarded to Bhutanese and foreign citizens alike in three classes (1. First Class – a neck badge and breast star, 2. Second Class – neck badge only, and 3. Third Class – chest badge worn from a medal ribbon).
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The Druk Thuksey (Royal Order of Bhutan), Third Class - neck badge.

Maharaja Ugyen Wangchuck Medal: instituted by Maharaja Ugyen Wangchuck to commemorate his coronation on 17th December 1907, thereafter conferred as a reward for distinguished and meritorious services to the state. Awarded in three classes (1. First Class - a chest medal in gold, 2. Second Class - silver, and 3. Third Class - bronze). Obsolete 1974. : Copyright© Christopher Buyers

Maharaja Ugyen Wangchuck Medal, Second Class in silver, obverse (L) and reverse (R).

The King Jigme Singye Wangchuck Medal: instituted by Druk Gyalpo Jigme Singye Wangchuck on 2nd June 1974, as a reward for distinguished and meritorious services to the state. Awarded in three classes (1. First Class - a chest medal in gold, 2. Second Class - silver, and 3. Third Class - bronze). Obsolete 2008. : Copyright© Christopher Buyers

The King Jigme Singye Wangchuck Medal, First Class in gold, obverse (L) and  reverse (R).

The National Order of Merit: founded by King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck in 2008 as reward for distinguished and meritorious services to the state. Awarded in three classes (1. First Class - a chest medal in gold, 2. Second Class - silver, and 3. Third Class - bronze). : Copyright© Christopher Buyers

The National Order of Merit, Second Class in silver.

Druk Wangyel (Great Victory of the Thunder Dragon): instituted by King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk in 1966 and reformed by King Jigme Singye Wangchuck in 1985. Awarded as the country's highest national decoration of honour for services in all fields of endeavour, military or civil (post nominals=DWG).
Druk Yugyel (Victory of the Thunder Dragon): instituted by King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk in 1966 and reformed by King Jigme Singye Wangchuck in 1985. Awarded in a single class as the highest military decoration of honour for outstanding gallantry, dedication, loyalty or commitment (post nominals=DYG).
Druk Thuksey (Son of the Heart of the Thunder Dragon): instituted by King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk in 1966 and reformed by King Jigme Singye Wangchuck on 2nd June 1999 as the highest individual civilian decoration of honour. Awarded in a single class to reward outstanding services to "Tsa-Wa-Sum", the king, country and the people.

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The Druk Yugyel Decoration.

Drakpoi Wangyel: first class medal of honour awarded to members of the Royal Bhutan Army, Royal Bodyguard, National Militia, Royal Bhutan Police, and Forest Guards to reward services during operations to maintain law and order or national security. Also bestowed on civilians and uniformed civilian forces who assist during such operations. Awarded for bravery, as well as meritorious, long or distinguished service (post nominals=DW).
Drakpoi Thuksey: second class medal of honour awarded to members of the Royal Bhutan Army, Royal Bodyguard, National Militia, Royal Bhutan Police, and Forest Guards to reward services during operations to maintain law and order or national security. Also bestowed on civilians and uniformed civilian forces who assist during such operations. Awarded for bravery, as well as meritorious, long or distinguished service (post nominals=DT).
Drakpoi Khorlo: third class medal of honour awarded to members of the Royal Bhutan Army, Royal Bodyguard, National Militia, Royal Bhutan Police, and Forest Guards to reward services during operations to maintain law and order or national security. Also bestowed on civilians and uniformed civilian forces who assist during such operations. Awarded for bravery, as well as meritorious, long or distinguished service (post nominals=DK).
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The Drakpoi Wangyel (L), Drakpoi Thuksey (C) and Drakpoi Khorlo (R).

Druk Zhung Thuksey: instituted by King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk in 1966 as a meritorious service medal awarded to members of the Royal Bhutan Army, Royal Bodyguard, National Militia, Royal Bhutan Police and Forest Guards (post nominals=DZK). Copyright© Christopher Buyers

         

The King Jigme Singye Coronation Medal 1974 (L) and Enthronement Jubilee Medal 1999 (R).

King Jigme Dorje Wangchuk Coronation Badge: instituted by Druk Gyalpo Jigme Dorje Wangchuk to commemorate his coronation on 27th October 1952. Awarded in a single class (a bin-back rectangular vertical breast badge in bronze).
King Jigme Singye Coronation Medal: instituted by Druk Gyalpo Jigme Singye Wangchuck to commemorate his coronation on 2nd June 1974, thereafter awarded as a general decoration of merit in two classes (1. Gold, and 2. Silver).
King Jigme Singye Coronation Badge: instituted by Druk Gyalpo Jigme Singye Wangchuck to commemorate his coronation on 2nd June 1974. Awarded in a single class (a pin-back oval breast badge in bronze).
King Jigme Singye Enthronement Jubilee Medal: instituted by Druk Gyalpo Jigme Singye Wangchuck to commemorate the 25th anniversary of his coronation on 2nd June 1999, thereafter awarded as a general decoration of merit in two classes (1. Gold, and 2. Silver).
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The King Jigme Singye Coronation Badge 1974

King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Coronation Medal: instituted by Druk Gyalpo Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck in August 2008 to commemorate his coronation on 6th November 2008 and awarded in three classes (1. Gold, 2. Silver, and 3. Bronze).
Kingdom Foundation Anniversary Badge: instituted by Druk Gyalpo Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck to commemorate his coronation in 2008 and the centenary of the foundation of the kingdom of Bhutan in 2007. Awarded in a single class (a bin-back oval breast badge in bronze).
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Leytsoen Tama (L), Geypel Tama (C) and Paden Tama (R).

Leytsoen Tama: instituted by King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk in 1966 to recognise nine years of meritorious service and good conduct by members of the armed forces and police service. Awarded in a single class (a silver medal worn before the Geypel Tama).
Geypel Tama: instituted by King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk in 1966 to recognise fifteen years of continuous meritorious service and good conduct by members of the armed forces and police service. Awarded in a single class (a silver medal worn before the Paden Tama).
Paden Tama: instituted by King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk in 1966 to recognise twenty-five years of continuous meritorious service and good conduct by members of the armed forces and police service. Awarded in a single class (a silver medal worn after the Geypel Tama).
Gallantry Award – no details, but worn after the Paden Tama.

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