Ever since my last post, I have been getting a lot of comments from you guys about the King & Queen of Bhutan. A lot of you have come across them for the first time on my blog post. So for the benefit of those not very familiar with them, this post is for you.
The King of Bhutan
Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk is the fifth & current Druk Gyalpo or Dragon King of the Kingdom of Bhutan ( Bhutan is referred to as the Land of the Thundering Dragon ). His public coronation was held on the November 1, 2008, the year the Bhutan completed 100 years of Monarchy, when his father the fourth king of Bhutan Jigme Singye Wangchuk , decided to abdicate the throne in the favor of his son & pass on all responsibilities to him.
The current King is the eldest son of the former King of Bhutan Jigme Singye Wangchuk & his third queen Tshering Yangdon ( Bhutan is a country where polygamy is allowed. The former King has four wives, they are all sisters ). He has a younger sister & brother & four half sisters & three half brothers.
The people of Bhutan have a lot of love & affection for the King & the Royal family. If you visit restaurants, public places or even residences of the locals, you will find pictures of the King & Queen & the Royal family adorning their walls. The King is very accessible to his people & is often seen interacting with them.
It was in the opening session of the Bhutanese Parliament in May 2011, that the King declared his engagement to the very beautiful Jetsun Pema, now Queen of Bhutan.
The Queen of Bhutan
The very beautiful Jetsun Pema, is the daughter of Dhondup Gyaltsen ( grandson of the former governor of Bhutan ) & Sonam Chuki ( belongs to one of Bhutan’s oldest Nobel families ). She has completed her High School education from India & graduated from Regents College, London with a degree in International Relations.
Describing Jetsun Pema, the King while announcing his engagement said,
“Now, many will have their own idea of what a Queen should be like – that she should be uniquely beautiful, intelligent and graceful. I think with experience and time, one can grow into a dynamic person in any walk of life with the right effort. For the Queen, what is most important is that at all times, as an individual she must be a good human being, and as Queen, she must be unwavering in her commitment to serve the People and Country. As my queen, I have found such a person and her name is Jetsun Pema. While she is young, she is warm and kind in heart and character. These qualities together with the wisdom that will come with age and experience will make her a great servant to the nation.”
The King & Queen got married on October 13, 2011 at the Punakha Dzong. ( I will be doing a post on the Dzong soon) During the wedding ceremony the, crown of ‘Druk Gyaltsun’ (Dragon Queen) was bestowed upon her by the King, formally making her the Queen of Bhutan.
I remember, I was at University when the Royal wedding took place. I do remember my Bhutanese room-mate J & my other Bhutanese friends were over-joyed as they looked up the various updates on the Internet of the Royal Wedding, hence this event has stayed with me . The Bhutanese do love their King & Queen very very much.
My room-mate J is now settled in Thimpu, Bhutan ( this is where the Kings palace is located ). J tells me that the King is very down to earth & when he is in Thimpu, you can see him interacting freely with the people & is very accessible.
I heard from her recently that the King & the Queen visited her school ( J is a teacher now ) & interacted with the students & the staff. He encouraged them & asked them to pay attention towards their studies and spoke to them about the importance of education. ( The King offers a lot of scholarships to students who wish to study further ) . I asked her if she had pictures, but you are not allowed to take pictures of the King if you see him unless you have special permission. Remember that if you are ever in Bhutan & see the King.
The Queen is greatly admired for her Fashion sense & her style influences the way the Bhutanese girls dress a lot.
Honestly, I am a fan of the Royal couple myself, so much so that now their picture adorns my fridge ( I got myself a Fridge magnet with their picture on it )!
My country India has always had friendly relations with Bhutan.The Royal couple were Chief guests at the 64th Republic Day celebrations held in New Delhi.
I hope you guys have enjoyed the post as much as I have enjoyed putting it together. Do let me know in the comments section below if there is anything else you would like to know! Aren’t the Royal Couple just so amazing!