Friday, October 21, 2011

Royal Wedding in Bhutan - Photos

King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, 31 years old, married Jetsun Pema, 21 at the fortress-monastery, or dzong, in Punakha, the ancient capital of Bhutan. In this final day of wedding celebrations for the royal couple, more than 50,000 people turned up at the stadium to see dancing and singing.


1. The couple during Buddhist blessings before their marriage at the Punakha Dzong.




2. A dress shop displaying a portrait of the couple.




3. Shopkeepers prepare a large banner of King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck and the future queen.




4. The King of Bhutan Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and the newly-crowned Queen of Bhutan Jetsun Pema, pose for the media after their marriage ceremony at the Dzong Monastery in Punakha, Bhutan.




5. Pema, who wore a yellow jacket and a skirt according to tradition, was proclaimed the 'Queen of the Kingdom of Bhutan' as the King bestowed the crown on her after a series of ceremonies.




6. The wedding was attended by 300 guests, including the Indian Ambassador to Bhutan, Pavan K Varma, the West Bengal Governor M K Narayanan and members of the Royal Family.




7. The newly-crowned Queen of Bhutan Jetsun Pema and the King of Bhutan Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck greet the crowd after their marriage ceremony.




8. Members of the royal family after the marriage ceremony.




9. King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck kisses Queen Jetsun Pema at the Chang Lime Thang stadium in Thimphu, Bhutan.