February 26, 2014 at 9:52pm
Bhutan set for royal wedding today Bhutan's fifth monarch jigme khesar namgyel wangchuk, 31, will marry 21yearold jetsun pema, at a traditional ceremony at punakha on thursday morning. The monarch is an oxford graduate, while ms.Pema has studied in india and the united kingdom.King wangchuk, who was crowned in november 2008, has presided over a historic phase in his country's political evolution.A new constitution introduced parliamentary democracy;Elections were held;And the new government assumed office and responsibilities, with the king retreating to a constitutional role. The wedding will take place at the majestic palace of great happiness at punakha, bhutan's old capital which is a twoandahalf hour drive from thimphu.The function itself will be a personal affair, and traditional rituals will be administered by the chief abbot of bhutan, known as je khenpo. People, who have started congregating in punakha, will Bridesmaid Dresses:http://www.jb3.co.uk/ be accommodated in tents.There will be a traditional archery contest, songs and dances.Each of bhutan's 20 districts has sent representatives and specially prepared traditional delicacies.After the rituals, the monarch and his bride are expected to mingle, and even dance, with people. On friday, the royal couple will return to thimphu, where the celebrations will continue.The government has declared holiday for three days. Gopal sharma, a local cab driver, said:Country has been in the wedding mood for weeks now.We will all tell our grandchildren that we were around when bhutan Princess Wedding Dresses got a queen.Street corners are adorned with large images of the royal couple, and the capital's buildings are lit up in the evenings. The king made it clear that he wanted a simple ceremony, and no head of state or government is expected to attend the function.A local observer, who did not wish to be named, said:King wants to be with his people at this personal moment.The coronation in 2008 came across as a gathering oriented more towards the world.Perhaps, that is why they have decided to keep this a more domestic affair.However, 25 nonresident ambassadors to bhutan and their spouses will be present, along with indian ambassador in thimphu pavan k.Varma. The royal family has also invited several personal guests, many of whom flew down in special flights in the past two days.Officials said congress general secretary rahul gandhi will, in all likelihood, attend the wedding.The ruling dynasty has had close personal ties with the nehrugandhi family for decades.President pratibha patil, congress president sonia gandhi and the then foreign minister, pranab mukherjee, Prom Dresses had attended the king's coronation. One hundred and sixtyone journalists, representing 69 media outlets from 13 countries will cover the wedding, making it the largestever foreign media contingent to have come to bhutan, which has remained Coloured Wedding Dresses cautious in opening up to the outside world.