The world’s youngest living queen, 27-year-old Jetsun Pema, and her husband, 37-year-old King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck of Bhutan, have become known as the “Will and Kate of The Himalayas,” since they reportedly married for love in 2011. According to The Washington Post, Pema, the daughter of an airline pilot, had been living together with Wangchuck for eight months before they decided to tie the knot.
“I have been waiting for quite some time to get married,” Wangchuck said after the wedding in 2011. “But it doesn’t matter when you get married as long as it is to the right person. I am certain I am married to the right person.”
“She is a wonderful human being, intelligent,” he added. “She and I share one big thing in common: a love and passion for art.”
This wonderful image of Their Majesties, celebrating the Royal Wedding Anniversary which falls this month, features on the free desktop and smartphone wallpaper available on www.yellow.bt. This image is from 14 October 2011, as Their Majesties met hundreds of thousands of people along the highway while returning from Punakha after the Royal Wedding Ceremony to Thimphu.
The king’s father, King Jigme Singye Wangchuck, who abdicated his throne for his son in 2006, is well-regarded for helping plan and oversee the democratization of Bhutan, but also controversially drove out thousands of Lhotshampa (ethnic Nepalese) from the country in the 1990s. The country is perhaps best known for the concept of “Gross National Happiness,” the idea that “sustainable and equitable socio-economic development; environmental conservation; preservation and promotion of culture; and good governance” are more important to improving people’s lives than maximizing gross domestic profit.
On the auspicious occassion of Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen's birthday, (June 4), we join the entire country in offering our wishes and love to Her Majesty The Queen. Her Majesty's eternal grace and service to the nation alongside His Majesty The King inspires and uplifts us everyday. Happy Birthday la, Your Majesty. #HerMajesty #QueenJetsunPema #HappyBirthdayYourMajesty #QueenofBhutan #beautiful #June #Bhutan
The former king also has four wives — four sisters he married in a mass ceremony — who could always be seen walking a step or two behind him. By contrast, the current king walks together with his wife, and scandalizes traditionalists by holding her hand and even kissing her on the cheek in public.
June has long been associated with the environment and conservation in Bhutan. The coronation day of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, on June 2, was traditionally commemorated as Social Forestry Day, with numerous trees planted on the day each year. Bhutan has also enthusiastically commemorated the World Environment Day each year in June. This year, we look forward to an exceptional edition of the Royal Bhutan Flower Exhibition, which will be held at the National Memorial Chorten on June 4, coinciding with the Birth Anniversary of Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen, whose Patronage and steadfast support for agencies working with the environment, and numerous conservation efforts, has helped Bhutan continue and take forward our exceptional efforts in conservation. This month’s calendar commemorates Her Majesty birthday and Bhutan’s conservation efforts, and features this beautiful photograph of Her Majesty and His Royal Highness The Gyalsey, at the Lingkana Palace gardens. We join the people of Bhutan in offering our heartfelt wishes to Her Majesty, along with our prayers for Her Majesty’s continued happiness and wellbeing. #HerMajesty #QueenJetsunPema #birthanniversary #June #HRH #GyalseyJigmeNamgyel #Lingkana #Palace #Bhutan #environment #conservation #garden #yellow #desktopcalendar #beautiful
While Queen Pema is often portrayed as a commoner, her paternal great-grandfather was lord of the eastern province of Tashigang, and her maternal grandfather was the half-brother of the wife of Bhutan’s second king. Prior to marrying, she studied international relations, psychology, and art history at Regent’s College in London. As Queen, she has become popular for her charity work with organizations such as the Bhutan Red Cross Society, Ability Bhutan Society, and the Bhutan Kidney Association. In February 2016, she gave birth to her first child, a son named Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck, who has since become a hit in India following a royal visit.
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