They might not have gotten married with two billion people watching, but King Jigme of Bhutan and newly crowned Queen Jetsun could have easily given this year’s other royal weddings a serious run for their money.
Reuters reports that 31-year-old King Jigme, known in Bhutan as the Dragon King, married 21-year-old college student Jetsun Pema Thursday in a lavish, hours-long ceremony that was more colorful than any wedding we’ve ever seen. Both wore traditional robes made of differently patterned fabrics. King Jigme’s robe was covered in pink and red embroidered roses, and Queen Jetsun left the ceremony wearing a crown covered in silk.
Their wedding was broadcast live to the nation’s 700,000 residents, but several thousand chose to stand outside the monastic fortress in the Himalayas where the ceremony took place. Afterward, the king and queen went outside to shake hands with their well wishers, a gesture Reuters describes as “unheard from previous monarchs.”
It’s sort of the beginning of a new era for Bhutan — King Jigme’s father abdicated the throne in 2006 to allow for parliamentary elections. Today, the country’s monarchy acts as a stabilizing force for its fledgling democracy. Will the coutry fare any better now that it has a king and a queen to back it up? We certainly hope it will.
Take a look at the photos from the wedding below. There’s even a nifty video under that!
this is some kind of spaceship or something.
Did we mention there’s a video?!