The other royal wedding by little augury

the Other Royal Wedding

Posted: 15 Oct 2011 08:07 PM PDT


“This is love:
to fly toward a secret sky,
to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment.
First to let go of life.
Finally, to take a step without feet.” RUMI

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 brocade-embroidered crown Her Majesty Jetsun Pema Wangchuck donned on Thursday at the wedding ceremony in Punakha depicts two Ja Tsherings (phoenix) or the mythical longevity birds.The male and female birds symbolise the blissful relationship between the King and the Queen.
“It’s also a symbol of inseparability in method and wisdom,” Dasho Sangay Wangchug of the Privy Council, explained. The crown also has a khorlo or the wheel of dharma between the male and the female bird.
The wheel signifies the power that the King and the Queen is bestowed with to rule in a way that launches the country into a new era of continued peace and prosperity. The lotus beneath the khorlo is for purity of love and devotion for both the King and the Queen.
Lhadrip (scroll painter) Lopon Ugyen, who designed the crown and had it embroidered in Hong Kong, said the frame of the crown was carved in such a way that they accommodated all the strokes of different colours (bjadri).
The embroidery of the tshebum on the crown’s rear is also a symbol Amitayu or the Buddha of long life.
The overall dark blue borders is in keeping with the colour of the sky that is representative of the power she wields which is limitless like the open sky. By Rinzin Wangchuck, (links with in this text)

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)

Jigme and Jetsun

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.

Read from all about the nuptials ,Kuensel, Bhutan’s Daily News site here
& the Hindustan Times here
& Vogue IT here


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