19 October 2011

Wedding Wednesday: A Royal Wedding in Bhutan

HM King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck of Bhutan and Jetsun Pema 
October 13, 2011 
Punakha, Bhutan

You know when you're in the midst of a royal wedding boom when a single year brings you the weddings of not one but two reigning sovereigns. First we had Albert II's Mediterranean affair, and now Asia brings us the colorful wedding of the 31-year-old King of Bhutan and his 21-year-old bride.
Bhutan is a pretty isolated country, so it's no surprise that this was a royal wedding without foreign royal presence. The King is seen as quite progressive, though, and has won praise for holding hands and kissing his bride in public, as well as for declaring that she will be his only wife (his father is married to four sisters).
The ridiculously attractive Jetsun Pema (well, they're just a ridiculously attractive couple on the whole, really) studied at Regent's College in London and is the daughter of an airline pilot. The youngest queen in the world right now donned the most wonderfully colorful array of national costumes for her multiple wedding celebrations. It's a refreshing break from white, isn't it? Especially the shoes. Are you seeing her shoes? (And his shoes too, for that matter?) 
Colorful clothes and colorful headgear too. During the wedding, the King placed a silk brocade crown atop her head, while a later celebration saw her with a more traditionally shaped tiara. And then there was the king's own crown, which is something else indeed.
I don't know much of anything about Bhutan or its royal family, but I'm a fan of any monarchy that brings us this level of cuteness.

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