News

Duchess Katniss? Kate and William take aim on Bhutan tour — see the photos

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge received a royal welcome upon landing Thursday in Bhutan, taking a detour from India to visit the neighboring mountain kingdom.

The couple tried their hand at Bhutan’s national sport, archery, with Duchess Kate channeling her inner Katniss, doing her best attempt to take aim at a brightly decorated wooden target – before erupting in laughter at the result.

Getty Images
With her husband watching, Duchess Kate takes aim - and misses!

Despite a bit of coaching, Prince William didn’t fare much better with his attempt.

Danny Martindale / WireImage
Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William in Thimphu, Bhutan.

The duchess wore a colorful violet wrap skirt made in London from Bhutanese fabric by a weaver well known in Thimphu.

The royal couple touched down hours earlier in Paro, Bhutan at one of the world’s most dangerous airports, which barely sits a mile above sea level and is surrounded by steep cliffs.

UK Press via Getty Images
The royal couple received a ceremonial welcome at Paro International Airport for the first day of their visit to Bhutan.

The duke and duchess received a ceremonial greeting on the tarmac filled with Buddhist monks, traditional dancers and musicians. They then headed to a 13th-century royal fortress to meet with Bhutan's King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema, often dubbed the “William and Kate of the Himalayans.”

MICHAEL DUNLEA/N&S SYNDICATION / AP
Prince William and Duchess Kate are welcomed by the king and queen of Bhutan.

Like their royal counterparts, Bhutan's king and queen are quite popular in their nation. They also recently became first-time parents, welcoming a son in February.

RELATED: Royals on safari! Duchess Kate, Prince William walk on the wild side

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's own children, 2-year-old Prince George and his infant sister, Princess Charlotte, are back home in England while their parents visit abroad. NBC News's Keir Simmons reported that Duchess Kate told one group on the tour that she is missing her children and will definitely bring them next time. The couple will return to India on Saturday to conclude their visit with a stop at the Taj Mahal.

Follow TODAY.com writer Eun Kyung Kim on Twitter.

TOP