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Bhutan's Fairytale Wedding
1 November 2011

Bhutan’s 31-year-old king, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, married the commoner daughter of an airline pilot, Jetsun Pema, in a lavish celebration at the 17th century fortified monastery in the ancient capital of Punakha.

The wedding took place last October 13 and was witnessed by thousands of nomads and villagers. The isolated Himalayan nation declared a three-day national holiday to celebrate and honor the event, which showcased the country’s rich Buddhist culture.

King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck is an Oxford graduate who assumed the crown in 2008 at the start of democracy in Bhutan. And the new queen, Jetsun Pema, who is 10 years younger than the king, is admired by the nation for her beauty and her impact on the love-struck king.

The celebration, surrounded with incense and chanting of the monks, started at 8:20 in the morning, as set by royal astrologers. The king, wearing the royal yellow sash, walked into the monastery and proceeded to the high staircase inside.

The purification ceremony was followed by an hour of blessings and prayers, and it culminated with the couple walking hand-in-hand and smiling brightly as the king and the new queen of Bhutan.

Bhutan was captivated by the royal wedding ceremony. The people have a great reverence for the monarchy and they appreciate the royal couple’s being in love.

“We know that they love each other so much,” said a high-school student who witnessed the love story of the royalty. Everyone in the country knows how much the king loves his queen.

King Wangchuck has even made it clear that Queen Pema would be his only wife, a decision that is a clear-cut departure from the polygamous practice of the Wangchuck dynasty and the entire Bhutan. He also openly flaunts his affection for the queen. He holds hands with his queen and even kisses her before the entire nation!

Truly, the magnificent royal wedding of King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema is a fairytale epitomized. And Bhutan and the entire world wish the couple a happy ever after.

Watch the video here: http://youtu.be/xVhavpW4NlI

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Kasal.com thanks the following sources for this article:

Agence France-Presse. “Bhutan’s royal wedding points to end of polygamy.” Inquirer.net. Posted on 16 October 2011. Web. Retrieved on 16 October 2011 from http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/77155/bhutans-royal-wedding-points-to-end-of-polygamy

“Bhutan king's wedding captivates nation.” Al Jazeera. Posted on 13 October 2011. Web. Retrieved on 16 October 2011 from http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2011/10/201110134443745541.html