Nancy B. Varghese
May it be the stern but kind Queen Clarisse, that gave Mia Thermopolis some kickass princess lessons in Princess Diaries; the badass Queen Padme, who whooped a lot of stormtroopers in Star Wars; or even our Disney favourite Elsa, who gave little girls some serious #QueenGoals by showing how to overcome our vulnerabilities and rise above our fears - as young girls and even women, we have been forever obsessed with queens and princesses.
And lately, ever since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have announced their engagement to the world, none of us can get enough of the royal couple or stop discussing the much-anticipated royal wedding that’s going to take place in spring 2018.
However, we are here to give you some lowdown on another royal marriage, that may not have made headlines, but was certainly of historic importance. Meet the youngest queen of the world - Jetsun Pema, who reigns as the queen of Bhutan, also known as the happiest country in the world.
Royal Wedding Anniversary: 13th October For the people of Bhutan, our King and Queen embody Dignity and Grace, and all that is sacred and cherished in Bhutan. In Their Majesties’ tireless work that emanates from abiding love and care for the people, we find a fountain of inspiration. On the Royal Wedding Anniversary, our humble offering is a rededication of our body, mind and spirit towards building the great, prosperous nation that His Majesty envisions, and our wish that this wonderful country is forever blessed by Their Majesties’ benevolent guidance. 🙏🙏🙏 #Bhutan #RoyalWeddingAnniversary
Twenty-seven-year-old Jetsun Pema wed Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck a.k.a ‘The Dragon King’ of Bhutan in 2011, and took on the title of the youngest queen in the world.
The stunning couple has an equally adorable love story that’s right out of a fairy tale. Jetsun Pema, although considered a commoner, has common ties with the royal family and first met the young prince at a picnic, when she was 7-year-old and he was 17. She was so fascinated by the him that she went up to him and told him she’d like to marry him.
Fast forward to when Jetsun Pema was studying in university and the the prince was already crowned the king of Bhutan, he was smitten by her intelligence, talent, and beauty, and decided she’d be the one to be his queen. And that’s where their happily-ever-after began.
As we all joyously await the coming of the Bhutanese New Year known as 'Losar', we revisit an archive photograph of Their Majesties, released last Losar in February 2015 ✼ #Bhutan #Majesty #KingJigme #QueenJetsunPema #Wangchuck #Blessed #NewYear #Losar #Snow #Beautiful
The young queen is no ordinary woman in any way. A straight-A student admitted to the finest schools in India, she passed History, Geography, Economics and English with flying colours. She’s also been a student of international relations with psychology and arts history at Regent’s College in London, and apart from Dzongkha, the official language of Bhutan, she is fluent in Hindi and English. Outgoing and remarkably talented, her interests include photography, art, and traditional Bhutanese music. How’s that for an exceptional all-rounder, huh?
Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen Addresses an Ozone Day celebration in September 2012. 🌱 Her Majesty is the UNEP Ozone Ambassador, and also the Royal Patron for the Royal Society for Protection of Nature. Her Majesty has also worked closely with agencies like the National Environment Commission, and for arious environmental causes. #bhutan #queenjetsun #jetsunpema #enironment #ozone
In 2016, the royal couple was blessed with Prince Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck, and Bhutan celebrated the glorious occasion by planting over 1 lakh trees around the country! The lovable prince has won hearts around the world with his adorable charm, including that of our Prime Minister, Narendra Modi!
Apart from being a pretty awesome mum, Queen Jetsun Pema is a philanthropist and works with several charity organisations such as Bhutan Kidney Association, Ability Bhutan Society, and Bhutan Red Cross Society. She is also a patron of the Royal Society for Protection of Nature, and takes active participation in the needs of her people and their grievances.
8 May 2017: Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen graced the launch of the Bhutan Red Cross Society, coinciding with the International Red Cross & Red Crescent Day. Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen Addressed the event (full speech and Royal photographs on www.facebook.com/QueenJetsun). The launch was attended by the Prime Minister Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay, Her Excellency Annemarie Huber-Hotz, the Vice President of the International Federation of Red Cross & Red Crescent, as well as the regional heads of the IFRC and ICRC. The World Red Cross & Red Crescent Day is observed globally on the birth anniversary of the founder, Henry Dunant, a Swiss businessman born in 1828. This year, the theme for the World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day is ‘Everywhere for Everyone’. The Bhutan Red Cross Society (BCRS) is an autonomous and not-for–profit organization established under the Bhutan Red Cross Society Act 2016. It is a voluntary aid society, auxiliary to the public authorities in the humanitarian field, having the mandates to save lives, protect livelihoods and strengthen recovery from disasters; to enable healthy and safe living; and to promote social inclusion and culture of care and protection. The BRCS is part of a network of the movement with 190 countries having an establishment of a Red Cross or a Red Crescent National Society. The BCRS strives to establish a network of members and volunteers in communities throughout Bhutan to provide services in the areas of social inclusion, health, and disaster risk management that are complimentary to those of the Royal Government and other organizations. Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen is the President of the Bhutan Red Cross Society. #HerMajesty #QueenJetsunPema #QueenofBhutan #BhutanRedCrossSociety #RedCross #World #RedCrossRedCrescentday #HenryDunant #founder #IFRC #ICRC #inauguration #humanitarian #values #volunteerism #equality #Thimphu #Bhutan
How’s that for a queen of the century?
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