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Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck Crowns Bhutan Queen

11/05/2021 07:39 AM ET

Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck - Last week Bhutan’s 31-year-old king Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck wed Jetsun Pema, a student ten years his junior.

A new style icon has been crowned: she’s the 21-year-old new queen of Bhutan, a tiny country tucked between India and China in the Himalayas.

Pema is a commoner whose father is an airline pilot, but the king doesn’t mind jettisoning tradition by marrying her; he says he fell in love with Pema after meeting her when she was 7, when he promised himself that if he still had romantic feelings for Pema when he was older, he would marry her.

The gorgeous newlywed queen wore royal dress for the ceremony: a local garment called a kira, which took three years to weave. She’s been spotted during the past month in a variety of vibrant-colored outfits that reflect the local culture in textile and pattern.

As queen, Pema will be expected to dress in the colors that reflect her kham (birth element), in accordance with Tibetan astrology, reports Business Bhutan. The king is no stranger to style, either: he’s known in Bhutan as the “Asian Elvis” because of his hair style, reports ABC.

Interest in fashion is growing in Bhutan, a nation with a historically isolated culture. The site Bhutan Street Fashion , which posts picture of street fashion and magazine photo shoots, recently launched, and comments on the site are buzzing on posts like this one, which shows a Bhutanese girl posing in a pair of UGGs.

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