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'Dragon King' Wedding Frenzy in Bhutan
The wedding of King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck, the fifth Dragon King, to his commoner bride, Jetsun Pema, has captivated the tiny Himalayan nation that had grown impatient with their 31-year-old bachelor king's lack of urgency to take a wife and start a family.
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Oct. 12: A Bhutanese teacher holds a royal flag before placing it next to a portrait of King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck and future Queen Jetsun Pema, outside the Lungten Zanpa School, their alma mater, in the capital of Thimphu, Bhutan.

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Oct. 12: Bhutanese security officers use metal detectors to check the grounds of the main stadium where celebrations for the Bhutan Royal Wedding are to be held in the capital of Thimphu, Bhutan.

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Oct. 12: In this photo provided by the Royal Office for Media, Bhutan's royal bride 21-year-old Jetsun Pema, center, arrives at a traditional welcome on the eve of her wedding to 31-year-old king, Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck, in Wangdue Phodrang, Bhutan.

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Oct. 12: Bhutanese shopkeepers prepare a large banner of King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck and future Queen Jetsun Pema, before hanging it on their storefront in the capital of Thimphu, Bhutan.

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Oct. 13: King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck, left, and Queen Jetsun Pema stand during Buddhist blessings prior to their marriage at the Punakha Dzong, in Punakha, Bhutan.

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Oct. 13: King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck, second left and Queen Jetsun Pema sit during Buddhist blessings prior to their marriage at the Punakha Dzong, in Punakha, Bhutan.

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Oct. 13: King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck, center, and Queen Jetsun Pema, center rear, greet locals during a celebration after they were married at the Punakha Dzong in Punakha, Bhutan.

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Oct. 13: King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck, right, holds a young child as he greets locals with Queen Jetsun Pema during a celebration after they were married at the Punakha Dzong in Punakha, Bhutan.

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Oct. 13: King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck, left, and Queen Jetsun Pema walk together after they were married at the Punakha Dzong, in Punakha, Bhutan.

'Dragon King' Wedding Frenzy in Bhutan

The wedding of King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck, the fifth Dragon King, to his commoner bride, Jetsun Pema, has captivated the tiny Himalayan nation that had grown impatient with their 31-year-old bachelor king's lack of urgency to take a wife and start a family.

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