The King & Queen of Bhutan

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

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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 BhutanΒ Jigme Singye Wangchuk , decided to abdicate the throne in the favor of his son & pass on all responsibilities to him.

The Kings Coronation by his Father

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.

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The Royal Family of Bhutan

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.

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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

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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, Β crown of ‘Druk Gyaltsun’ (Dragon Queen) was bestowed upon her by the King, formally making her the Queen of Bhutan.

The Wedding Ceremony at Punakha Dzong

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.

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The King Interacting with the Public after the Wedding ceremony

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.

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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.

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Receiving the Guard of Honor in India
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With the then PM Mr Manmohan Singh & then President Mrs Pratibha Patil of India

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!

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Regards,

Arpita.

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60 thoughts on “The King & Queen of Bhutan

  1. A really well written blog regarding the King and Queen. Simple yet beautiful piece of writing. The king and Queen do appear down to earth and the same time enigmatic. Happy writing.

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    1. Thank you so much! Bhutan is one of my favorite countries ever. The people are so sweet & kind. Many people around the world, do not know much about the Kingdom of Bhutan & its Royalty. I hope you will check out my Travel series on Bhutan. Its a heavenly place.

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  2. Wow great post. Where did you get such a perfect collection of photos?

    Here’s one of what I do:

    Bright eyes dig up a question from generations ago:
    You want to know why the wind blew us
    Together, how our sons will grow, when we will
    Meet again, where will we be as one again?
    Training gives you the desire to examine cause and
    Effect. Experiences about as wide apart as possible
    Come at us, yet we harmonize, learn each other’s secrets,
    Give what we know the other will love, provide
    Sanctuary in a world spinning out of control for so
    Many. This I offer to distinguish myself from regular
    Men, be they handsome or young: a complete heart
    With continued support, undying gratitude, massage
    Therapy, attempts at cooking, quite a way with words.
    I expect you to smile when we chat, remain a solid
    Force, a muse for my art, the reason I will always
    Yearn for more, forever the target of happy life,
    Memories (plans?) and a fresh heart, made whole
    By the time we spent sincerely swirled, sufficiently
    Molded to continually receive jolts of good news,
    Connected forever by this love, complex, alive, strong.

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  3. Hello from Canada! Thank you very much Arpita for visiting my blog and liking my post on “Getting Stuffed”. I am following your very interesting blog. Wow Bhutan! I’ve heard some things about, particularly the people being very kind and generous. Your post shows the beauty and colour of the place. Now that’s a King and Queen! Humble and kind. Gorgeous! I look forward to reading more of your blog.

    I have two other blogs as well, and invite you to visit if you wish.

    I am an artist and have a blog about living life creatively. I also am a reader of, and student Tarot, which is my other blog.

    http://catherinemeyersartist.blogspot.com
    http://applerivertarotreadings.blogspot.com

    All the very best to you Arptia, and in your travels!
    Catherine

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  4. I love the King and Queen of Bhutan. They came to Singapore in March this year to pay respect to our late first Prime Minister They are beautiful not only outwardly but also inwardly. Thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚

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  5. It’s a beautiful post. You have so nicely described all the important things about the royal couple. I wonder who ruled their before monarchy begin? Maybe Chinese?

    Thanks for sharing this!

    Love and light ❀

    Anand πŸ™‚

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    1. They rules a part of Bhutan prior to coming to full power. There were other kingdoms too, just like in India we had Mughals & Rajputs, Marathas. Later they over powered the rest of the Kingdoms & established their rule. They had favor with the Britishers, so they could consolidate their position.

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  6. The Queen is very beautiful just as you say. The King sounds very wise, though, in that it seems he was looking for something in his Queen other than just her looks. Warmth and Kindness are good qualities in anybody, monarch or commoner. From the way you describe him, he sounds like a good leader and a nice man.

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      1. When you are drafting your posts, on the left side you have the tag option. You can add list of things that go with the article. For this one, I added things like king , queen Bhutan etc. So anytime anybody searches for it, they will find my article. You can link your post to Facebook & twitter as well.

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