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In pictures: The Royal wedding nuptials in Bhutan

October 19, 2011 - Travel Wire Asia

I couldn’t write about the British Monarch visiting Australia without noting the other major Royal event in Asia this week.

It is none other than the Royal Wedding of the Bhutanese King.

I have a number of Bhutanese friends so have been treated to some of their wonderful, rather intimate photos of the ceremony they posted on Facebook. I also met King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck some years ago while visiting Bhutan. At the time he was still the Crown Prince and home on holidays from university in the US He was a very polite, hospitable and accommodating young man.

The King, 31 years, married Jetsun Pema, 21 years, and declared she will be his only wife even though it is common in Bhutan to take more than one wife – his own father married four sisters.

Here are some photos from the ceremony from different news sources. There’s a fabulous gallery at the guardian.co.uk and also bbc.co.uk.

"A Buddhist monk before a rehearsal for a dance to be performed during the wedding festivities". Pic: Kevin Frayer/AP

"Before the wedding children's dance troupes practised celebratory dances and traditional Bhutanese routines to perform for the royal couple on the wedding day." Pic: Getty Images.

The Royal couple. Pic: AFP.

"The marriage ceremony." Pic: Paula Bronstein/Getty Images

"Monks watch the procession." Pic: Paula Bronstein/Getty Images

"The king and queen meet local people." Pic: Harish Tyagi/EPA

"The newly crowned queen of Bhutan, Jetsun Pema, and King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck acknowledge the crowds after their marriage ceremony." Pic: Prakash Singh/AFP/Getty Images

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