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Bhutan King ties knot

By The Assam Tribune

PUNAKHA, Oct 13 � The picturesque kingdom of Bhutan erupted in joy to welcome its new Queen as its �Prince Charming� King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck married his childhood sweetheart and commoner Jetsun Pema in a traditional Buddhist ceremony at an imposing monastic fortress here today, reports PTI.

The much-loved Oxford-educated Wangchuck, 31, tied the nuptial knot with India-educated Pema, 21, amidst chants of hymns and prayers by monks at the proceedings led by the Chief Abot (head of the monks) of Bhutan Je Khenpo.

The ceremony at the stunning fortress in this historical city started early at 4.00 am as thousands of people gathered outside to witness history unfold in front of their eyes and to get a glimpse of the Royal Couple.

The dashing King Jigme Khesar is the fifth king of the 100 year old Wangchuk dynasty, and Pema, whom he met when he was 17, is the daughter of a pilot.

Pema, who wore a golden jacket and a skirt according to traditions, was proclaimed the �Queen of the Kingdom of Bhutan� as the King bestowed the crown on her after a series of ceremonies attended by 300 guests, including India�s Ambassador to Bhutan Pavan K Varma, West Bengal Governor M K Narayanan, Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia and former Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran.

Wearing a raven crown, the King sat on his throne, with a huge Buddhist statue in the background.

Amid chanting of hymns by red-robe Buddhist monks and clanging of drums, Pema prostrated thrice before King Wangchuck, who then stood up with a smile from his throne, and placed the crown on her head.

The King then sipped from a glass of �ambrosia� for the longevity and prosperity of the couple. A purification ceremony followed that according to belief would remove any obstacles in the way of the couple�s married life.

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Bhutan King ties knot

PUNAKHA, Oct 13 � The picturesque kingdom of Bhutan erupted in joy to welcome its new Queen as its �Prince Charming� King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck married his childhood sweetheart and commoner Jetsun Pema in a traditional Buddhist ceremony at an imposing monastic fortress here today, reports PTI.

The much-loved Oxford-educated Wangchuck, 31, tied the nuptial knot with India-educated Pema, 21, amidst chants of hymns and prayers by monks at the proceedings led by the Chief Abot (head of the monks) of Bhutan Je Khenpo.

The ceremony at the stunning fortress in this historical city started early at 4.00 am as thousands of people gathered outside to witness history unfold in front of their eyes and to get a glimpse of the Royal Couple.

The dashing King Jigme Khesar is the fifth king of the 100 year old Wangchuk dynasty, and Pema, whom he met when he was 17, is the daughter of a pilot.

Pema, who wore a golden jacket and a skirt according to traditions, was proclaimed the �Queen of the Kingdom of Bhutan� as the King bestowed the crown on her after a series of ceremonies attended by 300 guests, including India�s Ambassador to Bhutan Pavan K Varma, West Bengal Governor M K Narayanan, Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia and former Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran.

Wearing a raven crown, the King sat on his throne, with a huge Buddhist statue in the background.

Amid chanting of hymns by red-robe Buddhist monks and clanging of drums, Pema prostrated thrice before King Wangchuck, who then stood up with a smile from his throne, and placed the crown on her head.

The King then sipped from a glass of �ambrosia� for the longevity and prosperity of the couple. A purification ceremony followed that according to belief would remove any obstacles in the way of the couple�s married life.

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