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 on the left breast, European dress or uniform – a broad riband with a the badge attached, and the breast star worn 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 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 Yugyel: founded by King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck in 2008 as reward for distinguished national service (postnominal=DYG). Awarded in a single class (National dress – a badge worn on the left breast, European dress or uniform – a broad riband with a the badge attached, and the breast star worn on the left breast).
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The Druk Yugyel Decoration – sash and sash badge.

Druk Wangyel (Great Victory of the Thunder Dragon): founded by King Jigme Singye Wangchuck in 1985 as the country’s principal national honour. Subsequently reformed, and now used to recognise services in all fields of endeavour, military and civil (postnominal=DWG). Awarded in a single class (National dress – a badge worn on the left breast, European dress or uniform – a broad riband with a the badge attached, and the breast star worn on the left breast).
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The Druk Wangyel Decoration – sash and sash 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 Yulgyel (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 highest military medal of honour awarded for outstanding dedication, loyalty and commitment by members of the uniformed services of the kingdom. Awarded in a single class, a gold decoration worn from a medal ribbon on the left chest (postnominal=DYG).
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The Druk Yulgyel Decoration.

Drakpoi Rinchen Tsugtor (Crown Jewel of the Armed Forces): instituted by King Jigme Khesar Namgyal on 21st February 2013 as a first class medal of honour awarded to recognize outstanding meritorious and distinguished services by senior commanders (Brigadiers and equivalent or higher) of the three armed forces and the De-Stung (postnominal=DRT). Awarded in a single class, a gold decoration worn from a medal ribbon on the left chest.
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 Norbu Yoedsel (Light Treasure of the Armed Forces): instituted by King Jigme Khesar Namgyal on 21st February 2013 as a medal of honour awarded to recognize outstanding meritorious and distinguished services by officers, non-commissioned officers and other ranks (Colonels and equivalent or below) of the three armed forces and the De-Stung (postnominal=DNY). Awarded in a single class, a silver decoration worn from a medal ribbon on the left chest. The decoration may also be awarded to civilians, and also granted posthumously.
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 in two classes (a bin-back oval breast badge in silver-gilt or 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 in bronze

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). Copyright© Christopher Buyers

The King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Coronation Medal in gold

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).
King Jigme Khesar Namgyal 6th Anniversary Commemorative Medal: instituted by Druk Gyalpo Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck 31st May 2014 to commemorate the sixth anniversary of his proclamation in 2008, to recognise significant international achievement by Bhutanese and foreign citizens, in the fields of voluntary, charitable or philanthropy. Awarded in three classes (1. Gold, 2. Silver, and 3. Bronze).
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Paden Tama (L), Geypel Tama (C) and Leytsoen Tama (R).

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.
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.
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.

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