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Duchess bursts out laughing at her archery shot on royal visit to Bhutan

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The royal visit to Bhutan took a comedic turn today when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attempted archery.

Prince William seemed pleased with his arrow-firing effort at the open-air event in capital Thimphu, but Kate's aim was a little off, much to the couple's amusement.

The pair arrived in the tiny mountainous nation this morning and met the King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema - another young couple with children.

Kate and William arrive in Bhutan Credit: PA

After a quick change, the couple took part in a traditional welcome procession and visited the Thimphu Dzong a fortress that is base to the Bhutanese government and stands close to the Wangchu River.

The Duchess wore a Bhutanese-inspired outfit with a skirt made from local material styled on the country's national dress and teamed with a top by Paul & Joe.

The Duke and Duchess enjoy their attempts at archery in Bhutan Credit: PA

The couple then watched and took part in the archery - Bhutan's national sport.

Archers compete to hit a small, brightly decorated wooden target 145 metres away.

Prince William throws a dart while taking part in the traditional game of Khuru at Changlimithang Archery Ground in Thimphu, Bhutan Credit: Reuters
The Duchess of Cambridge and The Queen of Bhutan Jetsun Pema Credit: PA
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge take part in a traditional chipdrel welcome procession at Tashichho Dzong, in Thimphu, Bhutan Credit: PA

What you may not know about Bhutan:

  • Television was only introduced in the 1990s
  • Instead of traffic lights, white-gloved officers direct vehicles
  • Well-being and prosperity is not measured in financial terms but by a "Gross National Happiness" index
  • Bhutan's Paro airport is one of the most challenging places to touch down anywhere in the world
  • For most of the 20th century, the landlocked country was isolated from the world - preserving much of its Buddhist traditions, landscapes and wildlife
  • Archery is Bhutan's national sport

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