|the Other Royal Wedding
Posted: 15 Oct 2011 08:07 PM PDT
Bhutan’s fifth Druk Gyalpo (Dragon King) ,just got married. With a degree in political science and economics from Oxford, the now thirty one year old King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, ascended the throne in 2006. A big Boston Celtics fan, Jigme married Jetsun Pena, age twenty one, this week after vowing to marry her when he was 17 and she was 7 at a family picnic. According to the King, then-prince , he got down on his knees and said “when you grow up, if I am single and not married and if you are single and not married, I would like you to be my wife, provided we still feel the same.”
King Jigme’s father abdicated in 2006 to allow for parliamentary elections. Today, the country’s monarchy acts as a stabilizing force for its fledgling democracy.
The wedding took place at the Himalayan monastic fortress, Punakha Dzong Palace in Bhutan’s ancient capital Punakha with celebrations continuing through the county for three days.
The king and queen, wore heavily embroidered traditional attire in silks and woven textiles. Designer Manav Gangwani of Delhi designed some of the wedding clothes -tasked with maintaining Bhutanese heritage with added Indian and Mughal influences. Ritu Kumar, the grande dame of Indian fashion, has also designed wedding clothes for the bride, including the national outfit, Kira, made up of a wrap-around skirt worn over a crossover silk blouse and a jacket.
Jetsun is known for her sartorial choices already and according to Vogue IT, the couple combine their country’s traditional looks with fabrics and patterns of British heritage, not to mention shoes like Church’s, which the king will never give up. (vogue IT)
When the couple’s engagement was announced by the King in May he said of Jetsun “As my queen, I have found such a person, and her name is Jetsun Pema, While she is young, she is warm and kind in heart and character. These qualities together with the wisdom that will come with age and experience will make her a great servant to the nation.”
The King is one of 10 siblings born to the former king and his four wives, who are all sisters. Jetsun will be this King’s only wife.