[Portrait group] Names: Standing - Mr Claude White. Sitting (from left) - Sir Ugyen Wang Chuk, Major Rennick, Mr Paul [Bhutan]
Photographer: White, John Claude
Medium: Photographic print
Portrait group of Sir Ugyen Wangchuk, John Claude White (standing), Major Rennick and Mr Paul in Bhutan, taken by John Claude White in 1905. This is one of a set of photographs documenting White's mission to Bhutan to invest Ugyen Wang Chuk, the Penlop (Governor) of Tongsa (Trongsa) in Central Bhutan, with the order of Knight Commander of the Indian Empire. White, who was Political Officer in charge of Sikkim, Bhutan and some parts of Tibet, made a number of journeys to Bhutan and became great friends with Ugyen Wangchuk. Alfred Wallace Paul, who had been the previous Political Officer in the area, and Major F.W.Rennick, of the Intelligence Department accompanied the expedition. Later, in 1907, Ugyen Wangchuk was elected King of Bhutan, taking the title Druk Gyalpo (Druk meaning Dragon), and founding the hereditary monarchy which continues to this day.