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King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, 31, stands next to Queen Jetsun Pema, 21, during their marriage ceremony Oct. 13 in Punakha, Bhutan. The venue was the same one that hosted the king's historic coronation ceremony in 2008. The popular Oxford-educated king's ceremony will be followed by celebration in the capital and countryside.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Paula Bronstein / Getty Images

King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, center left, and Queen Jetsun Pema, center right, stand during Buddhist blessings before their marriage ceremony at the Dzong in Punakha, Bhutan.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kevin Frayer / Associated Press

King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck with Queen Jetsun Pema.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ian Gavan / Getty Images Europe

King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, right, holds a young child as he greets locals with Queen Jetsun Pema after the two were married in Punakha, Bhutan, on Thursday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kevin Frayer / Associated Press

King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema greet residents of Bhutan's ancient capital, Punakha. Bhutan's "Dragon King" married a commoner in a Himalayan monastic fortress on Thursday, sipping a chalice of ambrosia symbolizing eternal life, in a wedding that has transfixed a reclusive kingdom slowly embracing globalization.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Adrees Latif / Reuters

Locals offer scarves to King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kevin Frayer / Associated Press

People watch dancers perform during the wedding celebrations for the king and queen of Bhutan.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Paula Bronstein / Getty Images

Monks watch the wedding procession for the king and queen of Bhutan on Thursday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ian Gavan / Getty Images

People fill the grounds of Punakha's Dzong for the wedding of King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Paula Bronstein / Getty Images

Buddhist monks gather in a courtyard after the blessing of King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kevin Frayer / Associated Press

A monk watches from a monastery window as King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema leave their marriage ceremony.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Paula Bronstein / Getty Images

After their marriage ceremony, King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema greet people in Punakha, Bhutan.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Paula Bronstein / Getty Images

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The royal wedding of Bhutan’s king, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, 31, and Jetsun Pema, 21, was notable for its lack of star-studded celebrities, self-important film stars, fidgeting foreign royals or a long wedding gown train.

The theme in Bhutan was “of the people,” which is a lot easier when your country has a population of 700,000, almost all of whom were in overdrive as the popular fifth “Dragon King” married a 21-year-old student, the daughter of an airline pilot.

Read Times staff writer Mark Magnier’s full story: Bhutan king marries a commoner.

1 Comment

  1. October 15, 2011, 3:05 am

    happy n prosperous married life ahead…

    By: tugyennn@yahoo.com

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