Bhutan’s King Marries in Colourful Ceremony
The King of Bhutan, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, has married his 21-year-old fiancé in a ceremony today in the city of Punakha.
The wedding ceremony began at 8:20am, local time, when the King exited the Royal Palace en route to the 500-year-old Punakha Dzong, the nation’s second oldest monastery. He was followed a short time later by his bride, Jetsun Pema, who was at the end of an elaborate procession of monks, flag bearers and drummers. The ceremony inside the monastery was performed by Bhutan’s chief Bhuddist official, and was broadcast live to the nation’s 700,000 citizens. A purification ritual was performed, before the couple headed to temple where Ms Pema was presented with five coloured scarves from her father-in-law, the former King Jigme Singye Wangchuck.
The bridal couple then drank ‘the eternal life’ from a golden cup, before the ceremony became a coronation as King Jigme Khesar placed the crown of the Druk Gyal-tsuen on his bride’s head, and Ms Pema was officially proclaimed Queen Jetsun Pema of Bhutan.
Following the ceremony, the King and Queen marked their nuptials with a celebration near the palace, which was attended by thousands of Bhutan’s citizens. Dancing, singing and a traditional Bhutanese feast were the order of the celebrations.
Celebrations are expected to continue for the next two days, as the period October 13-15 was declared a public holiday in Bhutan.
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