Bhutan Royal Couple's first public kiss

Bhutan's popular King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck tied the knot with India-educated commoner Jetsun Pema at a fairy tale wedding, an occasion considered as a watershed event in the history of the tiny nation.
Bhutan Royal Couple\'s first public kiss
The King gave a short speech and the crowd cheered. He then asked his people if they saw his bride and people replied in the affirmative.
Bhutan Royal Couple\'s first public kiss
"I must kiss your queen," King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck said before kissing his bride.

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Bhutan Royal Couple\'s first public kiss
Rahul Gandhi (C) and Jyotiraditya Madhavrao Scindia (L) with the former Bhutan King Jigme Sinagye Wangchuk (R) and his queens.
Rahul Gandhi in Bhutan
Rahul Gandhi with King of Bhutan Jigme Dorji Wangchuck during Guard of Honour ceremony at Secretariat in Thimpu.

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Rahul Gandhi greets King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck.

Two days after their fairy tale wedding, King Jigme Khesar Nagyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema were today accorded a ceremonial reception by the Royal Bhutan Army. Rahul Gandhi was the only guest at the event.
Rahul Gandhi in Bhutan
Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi, a personal friend of the newly married Bhutan King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, arrived in Bhutan.

Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and the newly-crowned Queen of Bhutan Jetsun Pema, tied the knot at a fairy tale wedding on Thursday (October 13).
Rahul Gandhi in Bhutan
Rahul Gandhi is visiting as a personal friend of the monarch.
Rahul Gandhi in Bhutan
The Gandhi family has had a special kinship with the Bhutan Royal family since the time of India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, and it continues even now.

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Bhutan's newly-married king Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk and his 21-year-old bride greeted huge crowds of well-wishers on Friday (October 14) as they made their way on foot back to the capital along windy Himalayan roads.
Latest pics: Bhutan\'s stunning Royal couple
Bhutan's newly-married king Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk greets scores of people.

Tens of thousands of Bhutanese people lined up the streets to greet their king Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk as he practically walked from the former capital Punakha to Thimphu along with his wife Jetsun Pema on Friday (October 14).

The Royal couple took nearly 12 hours to cover the 70 km distance from Punakha to Thimphu as well wishers lined the entire route and "People's King" threw himself into the crowds to personally greet them.
Latest pics: Bhutan\'s stunning Royal couple
The Royal couple sign autographs.

The hugely popular 31-year-old Oxford educated King married 21-year-old daughter of an airline pilot, in an elaborate ceremony replete with Buddhist mysticism at a monastic fortress in Punakha on Thursday (October 13).
Latest pics: Bhutan\'s stunning Royal couple\'
In Bhutan's capital Thimphu, thousands of people, including school children, lined up the streets as they eagerly awaited to see their king accompanied by his queen.

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The King of Bhutan Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and the newly-crowned Queen of Bhutan Jetsun Pema, pose for the media after their marriage ceremony at the Dzong Monastery in Punakha, Bhutan on October 13, 2011.
Royal Wedding: Bhutan king weds
Pema, who wore a yellow jacket and a skirt according to tradition, was proclaimed the 'Queen of the Kingdom of Bhutan' as the King bestowed the crown on her after a series of ceremonies.
Royal Wedding: Bhutan king weds
The Royal Couple pose for the media.
Royal Wedding: Bhutan king weds
The wedding was attended by 300 guests, including the Indian Ambassador to Bhutan, Pavan K Varma, the West Bengal Governor M K Narayanan and members of the Royal Family.
Royal Wedding: Bhutan king weds
The newly-crowned Queen of Bhutan Jetsun Pema and the King of Bhutan Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck greet the crowd after their marriage ceremony.
Royal Wedding: Bhutan king weds
Bhutan's popular King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck tied the knot with India-educated commoner Jetsun Pema at a fairy tale wedding today (October 13), an occasion considered as a watershed event in the history of the tiny nation.
Royal Wedding: Bhutan king weds
The King of Bhutan, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and future Queen Jetsun Pema, stand together during their marriage ceremony in the main courtyard of the 17th-century fortified monastery or dzong in Punakha.
Royal Wedding: Bhutan king weds
The wedding in progress.
Royal Wedding: Bhutan king weds
The wedding rituals in progress.
Royal Wedding: Bhutan king weds
Bhutan, the Dragon Kingdom, is all decked up for the Royal wedding, with huge cut-outs of 31-year-old King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and his bride, Jetsun Pema, dangling across the picturesque capital city of Thimphu.
Royal Wedding: Bhutan king weds
Pictures of the Oxford-educated Wangchuck and his elegant bride Pema, a commoner who is 10 years younger than him, can be spotted anywhere in Thimphu, where houses have been beautifully decorated with flowers.
Royal Wedding: Bhutan king weds
Bride Jetsun Pema at the palace.

The The newly-wed King and the Queen will appear before the people on Saturday, two days after their wedding. Over 20 special tents stacked with cushions and chairs were erected at the nearly 100-acre venue where the wedding took place.
Royal Wedding: Bhutan king weds
As part of the celebrations, the Bhutan Postal Corporation Limited (BPCL) has launched 60,000 stamps of the Royal couple to commemorate the Royal wedding. The six sets of stamps include two sets of souvenir sheets, two sets of holograms, and one set of gold stamps.
Royal Wedding: Bhutan king weds
Bride Jetsun Pema offers prayers during the wedding ceremony.
Royal Wedding: Bhutan king weds
King of Bhutan Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and future Queen Jetsun Pema stand together during their marriage ceremony.
Royal Wedding: Bhutan king weds
The King of Bhutan Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck arrives with Bhutanese Prime Minister Jigme Y. Thinley, for the wedding ceremony.
Royal Wedding: Bhutan king weds
King of Bhutan Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck arrives with Bhutanese Prime Minister Jigme Y. Thinley, for the wedding ceremony.

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