Bhutan king Wangchuk marries commoner

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    Bhutan king Wangchuk marries commoner

    13 October 2011 Last updated at 00:46 ET

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    The king has described his wife as "warm and kind in heart"


    The 31-year-old king of the Himalayan nation of Bhutan has married his commoner bride in a Buddhist ceremony at a 17th Century monastery.

    The British-educated Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck came down from his throne to place a crown upon the head of 20-year-old student Jetsun Pema.

    As the monks chanted, the king returned to the seat and Ms Pema sat upon the throne beside him as the new queen.

    Wangchuck is widely revered in the country of some 700,000 people.

    After a brief ceremony, the king and his bride held hands and walked into the monastery.

    An hour of blessings and prayers marked the marriage ceremony, reports said.

    The king, who has been educated in India and Britain, took over after the abdication in 2006 of his father, who began the country's democratic transition.

    In March 2008, Bhutan became a constitutional monarchy and the king relinquished his absolute powers.

    A biography released by the palace listed her interests as fine arts, painting and basketball.

    Source: BBC News - Bhutan king Wangchuk marries commoner
     
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    His majesty King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck smiles at his bride during the purification marriage ceremony to Queen Jetsun Pema in the historical Punakha Dzong on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011 in Punakha, Bhutan. The Dzong is the same venue that hosted the King's historic coronation ceremony in 2008. The Oxford-educated king is popular in the country and the ceremony will be followed by celebration in the capital and countryside.




    King of Bhutan marries commoner bride

    PUNAKHA, Bhutan — King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck, wearing the raven crown, came down from his golden throne in front of a huge statue of Buddha to place a smaller, silk brocade crown upon the head of his bride, Jetsun Pema. Monks chanted in celebration as she took up her seat beside him as the new queen of the country.

    The wedding has captivated the nation, which had grown impatient with their 31-year-old bachelor king's lack of urgency to wed. Children composed poems, flight attendants practiced celebratory dances and posters of the couple were nearly ubiquitous.

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    Here, wishing a happy and blissful life for the cute couple, His Majesty the King and Her Majesty the Queen!
     
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    what stunningly beautiful costumes!!!

    wish the two newly weds a happy married life.
     
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    may lord Buddha keep your wishes full filled and your Kingdom safe heres wishing a blissful married life to the royal couple
     

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