Even though much of the world is constantly focused on the royal happenings in England, they aren’t the only country in the world with an impressive ruling family. Back in 2011, the Kingdom of Bhutan ushered in their new queen, who is lucky enough to be married to the one they call the “Dragon King.” Her Majesty is known as The Gyaltsuen Jetsun Pema Wangchuck, and she’s the youngest queen in the world.
The “Dragon King” is also known by his name, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, and he himself is just as proud of his wife as his fellow countrymen and women. Speaking to reporters at the time of their marriage six years ago, he stated, “I have been waiting for quite some time to get married. But it doesn’t matter when you get married as long as it is to the right person. I am certain I am married to the right person.”
But not only is Her Majesty a capable and beautiful young woman, she is also a distant relative of a former ruling family in Bhutan. In accordance with the Washington Post, Queen Jetsun had a great-grandfather from her paternal side who used to be the lord of Tashigang, an eastern province in Bhutan.
Last year on Zhabdrung Kuchoe, His Royal Highness The Gyalsey received the name Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck. The monthly calendar for May on yellow.bt commemorates this special event, with this photograph of Their Majesties and HRH The Gyalsey, taken at the Tashichhodzong recently. Zhabdrung Kuchoe falls this year on May 5. #HisMajesty #KingJigmeKhesar #KingofBhutan #HerMajesty #QueenJetsunPema #QueenofBhutan #HRH #Gyalsey #ZhabdrungKuchoe #May #calendar #yellow
And just like her royal counterparts, Queen Jetsun is as much a mom as she is a ruler. She and her husband welcomed their first child together in 2016 — His Royal Highness Gyalsey Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck. For his birth, the nation planted 108,000 trees that the citizens will now raise as if they were their own prince. What a thoughtful gesture!
Of course, onlookers are always curious to know about a queen’s fashion sense, and in that regard, Queen Jetsun is just as relevant as other iconic women around the world. She’s often been photographed in bright, floral colors while sticking to her traditional garments, but she’s also been known to emulate western style while traveling abroad.
Queen Jetsun is also known for her interests in arts and culture. While previously studying in a private boarding school in India, she discovered her passion for painting and fine arts. But that’s not the extent of her education, as she also learned English, economics, geography and history. She even studied at Regent’s University in London for some time to perfect her knowledge in Art History and psychology, which are her favorite subjects.
On the auspicious occassion of Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen’s birthday, (June 4), we join the entire country in offering our wishes and love to Her Majesty The Queen. Her Majesty’s eternal grace and service to the nation alongside His Majesty The King inspires and uplifts us everyday. Happy Birthday la, Your Majesty. #HerMajesty #QueenJetsunPema #HappyBirthdayYourMajesty #QueenofBhutan #beautiful #June #Bhutan
Most importantly, Queen Jetsun is loyal to the causes she fights for. Her Majesty is a strong supporter of conservation, the environment, and advocacy for disabled persons. Along with her support of nonprofit issues, she’s also a strong voice for those living in the rural areas of Bhutan, constantly sticking up for local entrepreneurs and those in the agricultural sectors.
So even though you may not have known there was any royalty in the Kingdom of Bhutan in the first place, now you have a new royal subject to idolize, as Queen Jetsun is genuinely a queen of her people.