Saturday, October 15, 2011

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In sharp contrast to the nuptials of Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton, there were no star-studded celebrities, self-important film stars, fidgeting foreign royals or long wedding trains to trip over.

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.


Thousands of Bhutanese from the surrounding villages joined the king and queen at their wedding reception at a fairground outside the country's most sacred monastery fortress, where a slate of dancers performed traditional routines for the new couple.
"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."

The celebrations began at 8:20 a.m. - a time set by royal astrologers - when the king, wearing the royal yellow sash over a golden robe with red flowers and multicolored boots, walked into the courtyard of the 17th century monastery in the old capital of Punakha and proceeded up the high staircase inside.





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