King of the tiny Himalayan kingdom Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck And Jetsun Pema To Wed: Bhutan Royal Wedding
The royal wedding of the king of the tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan to his commoner bride has begun with a procession of red-robed monks, the chants of welcome, the clanging of drums and the drone of long trumpets.
King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck, 31, arrived at 8:20 a.m. Thursday at Bhutan’s most sacred monastery fortress in the old capital of Punakha wearing the bright yellow sash of royalty. His bride, 21-year-old Jetsun Pema, followed a few minutes later, crossing a wooden footbridge over a wide, blue river beside the fort.
Once inside, the couple took part in a purification ceremony led by the nation’s chief Buddhist cleric before moving to the temple for the main portion of the ceremony. [huffington]