Bhutan had its very own royal wedding on Thursday, as the nation’s “Dragon King” married an educated commoner 10 years his junior. King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, 31, and his new bride, Queen Jetsun Pema, 21, were joined by thousands of royal enthusiasts, as the ceremony took place at a Himalayan monastic fortress.
The king and queen, draped in traditional attire that included a raven’s head and a silk-embroidered crown, also sipped on a chalice of ambrosia that symbolized eternal life, according to Reuters. The ceremony, which included dance performances, baby elephants and a procession of singers, aired live on national television for Bhutan’s 700,000 people.
Pema, who is the daughter of an airline pilot, is educated just like her new husband. The young queen studied subjects including English and economics at the prestigious Lawrence School Sanawar in India before pursuing her college degree at Regents College in London, where she focused on International Relations, Psychology and Art History.
The king has a degree in Foreign Service Programme and International Relations from Magdalen College at the University of Oxford. “I am happy. I have been waiting quite some time . . . she is a wonderful human being, intelligent. Her and I share one big thing in common – love and passion for art,” Wangchuck told reporters following the ceremony.
The royal couple first announced their engagement on May 20, during the opening of the seventh session of parliament.
King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and his new bride, Queen Jetsun Pema pose for pictures at the Punkaha Dzong in Bhutan’s ancient capital Punakha October 13, 2011. (REUTERS / Adrees Latif) Continue reading »
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