Jetsun Pema became a Queen in spite of her common heritage, joining many other commoners-turned-queens, post her royal wedding to the Bhutanese King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck. Pema lived her Cinderella moment while giving many other 'ordinary' girls a reason to believe in theirs too.
The theme here 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.
"I have longed for this celebration, and here it is," said Pema Gyeltshen, a nearby villager, as he watched the dancing.
When the king, who has a reputation as a down-to-earth and accessible leader, was asked how it felt to be married, he asked his questioner if she was married. When she said no, he responded: "It's great; you should try it yourself."