Once upon a time, in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan—a small landlocked country tucked between Tibet and India—there lived a beautiful 7-year-old girl named Jetsun Pema.
Jetsun Pema, daughter of a commercial airline pilot with royal connections, met 17-year-old Crown Prince of Bhutan Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck during a picnic.
Gasa Tashi Tongmön Dzong was built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel.
Charmed by Prince Jigme Khesar’s charisma, little Jetsun Pema approached him and gave him a hug. She then innocently pulled his hand and said: “I would like to go with you. I would like to marry you.”
Prince Jigme Khesar asked why.
Little Jetsun Pema simply replied, “I like you.”
Prince Jigme Khesar, touched by little Jetsun Pema’s pureness, took her words to heart.
He told her, “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.”
Not knowing the man was the future king, little Jetsun Pema nodded her head shyly and ran away, hoping they would meet again when she had grown up.
Years later, Jetsun Pema grew up to be a stunning and intelligent lady, while the handsome 180-centimeter (approx. 6-foot) tall Prince Jigme Khesar—a heartthrob to many women—ascended the throne when he was 28 years old.
King Jigme Khesar and Jetsun Pema were the perfect match. They have bonded with their shared love of art.
And they have both studied in England. King Jigme Khesar earned a Foreign Service Programme and International Relations degree at the University of Oxford, whilst Jetsun Pema studied International Relations with minors in Psychology and Art History at Regent’s College, London.
True to his promise, on Oct. 13, 2011, the 31-year-old King Jigme Khesar married 21-year-old commoner Jetsun Pema at a 17th-century fortress in a traditional Buddhist ceremony, making her the world’s youngest queen.
King Jigme Khesar, hailed as a “People’s King,” told reporters, “I have been waiting for quite some time to get married. But it doesn’t matter when you get married as long as it is to the right person. I am certain I am married to the right person.”
In a Royal Address to the Parliament, King Jigme Khesar said: “For the Queen, what is most important is that at all times, as an individual she must be a good human being, and as Queen, she must be unwavering in her commitment to serve the People and Country.”
“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.”
Her Majesty shares a light moment with the people in Bumthang, during the Royal Wedding of His Royal Highness Prince Jigme Dorji Wangchuck and Yeatso Lhamo, held at Domkhar Dzong on 17 October 2013.
After the marriage, the charming royal couple continue to serve their subjects with earnest, and in February 2016, they had a son, Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck.
Like a classic fairy tale, King Jigme Khesar and Queen Jetsun Pema are living happily ever after.
His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen with His Royal Highness The Gyalsey, at the Lingkana Palace.
The love story of King Jigme Khesar and Queen Jetsun Pema is certainly a captivating one.
It’s no surprise their love story is capturing the hearts of many people across the globe.
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In an auspicious year marked with happiness, we wish a heartfelt Tashi Delek to all Bhutanese who have had the great fortune of witnessing ten years of His Majesty’s glorious reign. In these last ten years, Bhutanese have been been part of memorable events of extraordinary importance, which would otherwise come by rarely even in a lifetime. All the while, we have enjoyed a decade of peace, progress and stability, which is all the more extraordinary when we consider that this has been a decade of historic change for Bhutan. We have been able to undergo such a profound change in such an exceptional way, unseen elsewhere in the world, due to the unwavering guidance of His Majesty The King. His Majesty’s every word and action is a testament to the commitment, hard work, and sacrifice that is put in every day so that our country continues to exist as a rare jewel upon this earth. Before His Majesty, the people of Bhutan are united, setting aside all differences, in the reflection of our identity as proud Bhutanese. Today, the stars align yet again for the auspicious anniversary of His Majesty’s 10th year of Reign, which falls on the 10th day of the 10th month in the Bhutanese calendar. For this extremely significant occasion, we look back at His Majesty’s Coronation Address to the people of Bhutan, which continues to resonate with us to this day, and is embodied in every one of His Majesty’s noble actions. —“It is with immense joy that we are gathered together on this most auspicious day. In these last 100 years, the dreams and aspirations of our forefathers and the vision of our Kings have been fulfilled beyond all expectations. The wise and selfless leadership of our kings, the sacrifice and hard work of generations of Bhutanese and the special bond between the People and King have given us this unique and special nation– a jewel of the earth.Two years ago, at a time of profound change, I came onto the Throne as a young King. You, my people, in the spirit of generations past, worked with me with complete faith and gave me your wholehearted cooperation and goodwill. Thus, in these two short years while we have taken gigantic steps towards strengthening our nation, we have done so in a calm, deliberate manner in complete harmony. It is with great pride that we stand as a new democracy, having successfully completed an unprecedented and historic transition.Yet we must always remember that as our country, in these changing times finds immense new challenges and opportunities, whatever work we do, whatever goals we have– and no matter how these may change in this changing world– ultimately without peace, security and happiness, we have nothing. That is the essence of the philosophy of Gross National Happiness. Our most important goal is the peace and happiness of our people and the security and sovereignty of the nation.Our generation of Bhutanese have been gifted a strong, dynamic nation by our forefathers. I am confident that as long as we are willing to work with their commitment and dedication and follow their example, we can bring greater peace, happiness and prosperity to our country.I am confident because I know the worth and character of our people. You are the true jewel of this nation. As citizens of a spiritual land, you treasure the qualities of a good human being– honesty, kindness, charity, integrity, unity, respect for our culture and traditions, love for our country and for Dharma. Throughout our history our parents have upheld these values and placed the common good above the self.My deepest concern is that as the world changes, we may lose these fundamental values on which rest our character as a nation and people. It is critical that we are able to recognize Bhutanese character irrespective of how far we look back into the past or the future. The Bhutan that we see is vastly different, unrecognizable even, when compared to the Bhutan in the time of our first King. Yet, the character of our people and the nature of our fundamental values have remained unchanged. Henceforth, as even more dramatic changes transform the world and our nation, as long as we continue to pursue the simple and timeless goal of being good human beings, and as long as we strive to build a nation that stands for everything that is good, we can ensure that our future generations for hundreds of years will live in happiness and peace.It is not because I am King that I ask these of you. Destiny has put me here. It is with immense gratitude and humility that at this young age, I assume the sacred duty to serve a special people and country. Throughout my reign I will never rule you as a King. I will protect you as a parent, care for you as a brother and serve you as a son. I shall give you everything and keep nothing. I shall live such a life as a good human being that you may find it worthy to serve as an example for your children. I have no personal goals other than to fulfill your hopes and aspirations. I shall always serve you, day and night, in the spirit of kindness, justice and equality. As the king of a Buddhist nation, my duty is not only to ensure your happiness today, but to create the fertile ground from which you may gain the fruits of spiritual pursuit and attain good Karma.This is how I shall serve you as King.I cannot end without addressing our most important citizens – our youth. The future of our nation depends on the worth, capabilities and motivation of today’s youth. Therefore, I will not rest until I have given you inspiration, knowledge and skills so that you will not only fulfill your own aspirations, but be of immense worth to the nation. This is my sacred duty. A strong, motivated, young Bhutan guarantees a strong bright future.The future is neither unseen nor unknown. It is what we make of it. What work we do with our two hands today will shape the future of our nation. Our children’s tomorrow has to be created by us today.I end with a prayer for Bhutan– that the sun of peace and happiness may forever shine on our people. I also pray that while I am but King of a small Himalayan nation, I may in my time be able to do much to promote the greater wellbeing and happiness of all people in this world– of all sentient beings.”
Gepostet von Jetsun Pema am Donnerstag, 8. Dezember 2016