Happy News: Bhutan's Dragon King and Queen expecting their first baby
The Kingdom of Bhutan is famous for using Gross National Happiness as an index and objective for the country's progress. And now, the happy nation has even more to celebrate with the news that their young and charming King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and his queen are expecting their first child next year.
Known as Druk Yul (Land of the Thunder Dragon) and situated in the Himalayas between China and India, the small kingdom of Bhutan is at the crossroads of modernization for progress while holding strongly to its centuries-old traditions. The current king, known as Druk Gyalpo (Dragon King,) ascended to the throne at the age of 26 in 2006 after his father, King Jigme Singye Wangchuck, abdicated. He then oversaw Bhutan's transition to democratization as a constitutional monarchy in 2008.
In 2011, King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema were married in a fairy-tale wedding. When the then-31-year-old king married his 21-year-old bride, he broke tradition by kissing her in public. Family and friends have said it was a marriage of love for the them. They just recently celebrated their 4-year wedding anniversary on October 13.
The young and charming royal couple is often compared to British Prince William and and his wife Kate. He was educated in the U.S. and U.K. She, the daughter of a airline pilot, was educated in London in international relations, psychology, and art history. Although Bhutan allows polygamy and his father had ten children from four wives, the king has said he would never marry another woman and that Jetsun Pema will be his only wife. The popular royal couple also hold hands wherever they go, setting a new trend for young people.
The happy announcement arrived when Bhutan was also celebrating the King Father's 60th birthday on November 11. King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck said the following:
"On this most auspicious of occasions, as we celebrate the 60th Birth Anniversary of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, I am deeply pleased to announce that Jetsun and I look forward to the birth of our son in the coming Losar."
"As a son, I feel fortunate to offer prayers for the wellbeing of my father. I take it as a special blessing to also have the opportunity to offer prayers as a father, for my son. Since he will carry forward our future, the prince will be a son to all Bhutanese as well," the king said.
"I consider my son extremely fortunate because he will be born in our blessed country. We owe our good fortune, our peace, prosperity, and security to His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo," he added.
Their baby boy is due in February 2016.
Congratulations to the happy King and Queen and the people of Bhutan!
May we all live for and enjoy happiness!
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