Now royal wedding in Bhutan, young King to marry this year
Last Updated: Saturday, May 21, 2011, 00:08
Thimphu: Bhutan will witness royal wedding later this year when the 31-year-old King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck ties the knot with an India-educated girl, who hails from a common background.

Making an announcement himself in this regard in Parliament today, the King said his Queen-to-be 21-year-old Jetsun Pema is a "warm and kind in heart and character" and she would "support and work" with him as he serves the people and country.

Media reports said the royal wedding is planned for October.

Pema has been educated at St. Josephs Convent, Kalimpong, West Bengal and the Lawrence School, Sanawar, Himachal Pradesh. Pema hails from common background.

"As King, it is now time for me to marry. After much thought I have decided that the wedding shall be later this year," said the dynamic Oxford-educated Wangchuck who was crowned the King in 2008.

"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," he said.

Making it clear that "this union does not mean that I am starting my own family", he said, "from the very day I received the Dhar Ngay-Nga from the sacred Machhen, the people of the 20 Dzongkhags became my family. Such is the duty and privilege of all Kings of Bhutan. It is through this union, that I shall have a Queen who will support, and work with me, as I serve the People and Country."


First Published: Saturday, May 21, 2011, 00:08

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