Wednesday, 12 October 2016
Bhutan Royal Wedding Review (Day 1)
The King and Queen of Bhutan were thrust into the spotlight this year with the birth of their first child, Prince Jigme Namgyel, and two royal visits to their country (Duke & Duchess of Cambridge and King Carl Gustaf & Queen Silvia of Sweden).
While King Jigme and Queen Jetsun may be new to you, Bhutan has a long history. Bhutan was first united as a country in 1634. That is about 200 years before the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland was united as one country.
Bhutan is a small country tucked away in the Himalayan Mountains between China and India.
Bhutan - the Happiest Place on Earth (6 Mins)
The Couple's Early Life:
Jigme and Jetsun were childhood friends, as well distant relatives by marriage. They first met at age 17 (Jigme) and 7 (Jetsun).
Jigme studied in the USA for high school & college. He spent two years studying Constitutional History, English and Economics at Magdalen College at Oxford University in England.
Jigme began Royal Duties shortly after graduating from University. As a part of his duties he traveled extensively to Bhutan's neighboring countries.
In 2002, Prince Jigme made his first official intentional appearance representing Bhutan at the 27th UN General Assembly. He made first international speech there, talking about children's welfare.
In 2006, Prince Jigme attended the King of Thailand's 60th Anniversary of Accession celebration.
The event was attended by Royals from around the world including: Belgium, Denmark, Japan, Jordan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Norway, Spain, Sweden, & UK. It was one of Jigme's first big international royal events. And it was a success, not only did Jigme mingle gracefully with the other royals, but the single Prince's good looks caught the eye of the Thailand Media.
In December 2006, Jigme's father, King Jigme Singye, abdicated. Jigme ascended to the throne and immediately became the world youngest current monarch.
The official coronation was held two years latter in 2008, to coincide with the 100 anniversary of the Royal House of Wangchuck, which was formed when the country was reunited.
"Throughout my reign I will never rule you as a King. I will protect you as a parent, care for you as a brother and serve you as a son. I shall give you everything and keep nothing; I shall live such a life as a good human being that you may find it worthy to serve as an example for your children; I have no personal goals other than to fulfill your hopes and aspirations. I shall always serve you, day and night, in the spirit of kindness, justice and equality." - King Jigme during his coronation speech
King Jigme celebrate's his 10th anniversary on the throne, this December.
The first general elections for the National Assembly was held in March 2008.
Election (2 Mins)
Jetsun went to high school in India, before studying at Regent's University in London. She graduated in 2008.
In May 2011, King Jigme announced his engagement during the 7th Session of Parliament. King Jigme said in his speech:
"As King, it is now time for me to marry. After much thought I have decided that the wedding shall be later this year.
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."
Wedding Preparations (2 mins)
Jigme and Jetsun were married on 13 October 2011 in Punakha Dzong. The royal wedding was Bhutan's largest media event in history. Following the royal wedding ceremony the couple made formal visits to different parts of the country.
Royal Wedding (2 mins)
Royal Wedding (2 Mins)
Day 2 of Bhutan Royal Wedding Review will look at their honeymoon to present day.
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