Jetsun Pema was your average Bhutanese girl who lived next door. She met the then-17-year-old Crown Prince Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, who is now King of Bhutan, when she was seven years old. Her life was changed forever by the royal encounter, and 14 years later she was crowned Queen of Bhutan.
Polygamy is permitted in Bhutan, however King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck has stated that he will never marry another woman and that Jetsun Pema will always be his only wife. This is a modern-day love story straight out of a fairy tale.
Bhutan is situated in the eastern Himalaya’s southernmost tip.
With a population of around 800,000 inhabitants, it is a small country.
It is also one of the world’s most closed countries, with one of the world’s least developed economies. As a result, it is hardly a country for most young people today who cannot live without constant Internet access.
Bhutan may be impoverished and disconnected from the rest of the world, yet the Bhutanese people lead a less materialistic but more satisfying life. They are a calm, honest, and uncomplicated country.
The country is also known as the last Shangri-La on Earth, and it has consistently been named as one of the world’s happiest countries.
Bhutan’s present King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck is a superb, attractive man who has won the hearts of millions of ladies.
He ascended to the throne after his father, King Jigme Singye Wangchuck, abdicated in 2006, making him one of the world’s youngest kings.
He stands 180 cm tall and has a pleasant appearance. He has a wonderful disposition and emanates a pleasant energy. As a result of these characteristics, he has been dubbed “the most attractive king in the world.”
The King, despite his excellent looks and regal heritage, does not live a flamboyant playboy lifestyle. He is also a well-educated individual.
He studied at Boston University in the United States and Oxford University in the United Kingdom, both of which are internationally renowned universities, and graduated with honors.
He returned to Bhutan after finishing his tertiary studies and has been consistent in his commitment to the country’s development since then. He frequently travels to various sections of the country to meet with the people there. He has captivated the hearts of his people and is the fantasy lover of millions of young women. Many Bhutanese moms regard him as the model for their future son-in-laws.
Despite the fact that Jetsun Pema is a commoner, her family has many royal connections.
When she was 7 years old and he was 17, the royal couple met for the first time at a family picnic, and Jetsun Pema was immediately enthralled by the handsome young man who stood before her.
Little Jetsun Pema dashed up to Crown Prince Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, snatched his hand, and cried childishly, “I’d like to travel with you.” “I’m interested in marrying you.” “Why would you prefer to go with me?” the Crown Prince inquired, perplexed. You’ve made a lot of friends here.” “I like you,” said little Jetsun Pema without hesitation.
The Crown Prince’s heart was affected when he saw little Jetsun Pema’s solemn expression. He famously proposed to her, saying that if they were both still unmarried and in love when she grew up, he would marry her.
Little Jetsun Pema was shy after hearing what the Crown Prince stated. She gave a little yes nod and then bolted away.
From that point forward, Jetsun Pema hoped to grow up, meet him again, and marry him.
Little Jetsun Pema was unaware of the true identity of the young guy she met at the time. She didn’t understand he was the future King of Bhutan until she was ten years old.
Little Jetsun Pema overheard the grownups discussing the kind of lady the attractive Crown Prince would marry in the future, and how she should come from a noble family, have royal or aristocratic blood, and be breathtakingly beautiful, among other things.
Little Jetsun Pema became agitated as a result of the adult discussions. She was a commoner with no royal title, and she didn’t consider herself to be very attractive. She also questioned if she would ever be able to marry the Crown Prince.
She began studying diligently in order to “raise herself up” to the level of the Crown Prince.
She had a perfect academic record. Jetsun Pema, then 16 years old, got accepted into one of India’s top high schools in 2006. She excelled in English, History, Geography, and Economics during her time there, passing all of her classes with flying colors. She began her university study at Regent’s College in London two years after graduating from high school in 2008. She is also conversant in English and Hindi, in addition to Dzongkha, Bhutan’s official language.
Jetsun Pema was an outstanding student who was also gregarious, having interests in art, photography, and Bhutanese traditional music, among other things.
She was also a member of bands and dance programs while in school.
Crown Prince Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck was studying overseas at the same time. But Jetsun Pema and the commitment he made to him had never left him.
Many years later, King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck met Jetsun Pema, who was then a university student, for the second time.
He hasn’t been able to take his gaze away from her since then.
Jetsun Pema has matured into a lovely young lady with both beauty and talent. When King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck saw her for the second time, he fell in love with her right away and declared that he would marry no one else.
“Chance favors the prepared mind,” as the old adage goes.
The lovely and talented grown-up Jetsun Pema has won King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck’s heart once more.
They were both ready to make good on their long-term marriage vow. The King proposed to her and said he would love her for the rest of his life.
King Jigme Singye Wangchuck, King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck’s father, has four wives. King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, on the other hand, adores Jetsun Pema and has declared that she will be his sole wife in the future.
He stated that he will always adore her because her heart and character are warm and caring.
Jetsun Pema, a 21-year-old commoner, married King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, 31, in 2011.
The royal wedding was held in a traditional Bhutanese style that was kept simple.
Only family members and a few thousand local neighbors were invited to the event, which was kept relatively secret.
Throughout the event, the King’s joy was palpable.
He claimed he had been looking forward to that moment for a long time and that he thought he had found the appropriate woman with whom he could spend the rest of his life.
The royal couple did not go on a grandiose honeymoon excursion overseas after their wedding. Instead, they went on a country and Indian honeymoon excursion. They are unconcerned about where they go as long as they are with one another.
Pema, a Jetsun, understands that her husband’s pleasure stems from his service to the country and its people.
As a result, like her husband, she has been steadfast in her resolve to carry out her royal duties.
Jetsun Pema has remained grounded since marrying King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and becoming Queen of Bhutan. She is adamant about assisting her husband in carrying out his royal duties. She has accompanied him on official trips overseas as well as to remote corners of the country, where she is frequently seen mingling with the locals.
Bhutan’s royal family is considered relatively wealthy, despite the fact that the kingdom is not wealthy.
Nonetheless, the royal couple keeps a low profile whenever they visit the kingdom. They frequently live in small hamlet cottages, just like the locals. Jetsun Pema will trek with the others on foot when there is no road access to remote settlements, and she never complains.
The King and Queen of Bhutan are like the sun to the Bhutanese people, keeping them warm and bringing light into their life. The royal pair has captivated the hearts of the Bhutanese people, and some have joked that the royal couple is responsible for an increase in the country’s happiness level. Spiritual pleasure and satisfaction are more important than material happiness.
People with a good heart will always be rewarded in the end. Jetsun Pema welcomed their first child, a son, in 2016.
The little prince will undoubtedly grow up to be a good man because he is the son of a lovely mother and an attractive father.
Jetsun Pema is a strong supporter of many children’s foundations in addition to aiding her husband with his royal duties.
King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema have the makings of a fairy-tale love story thanks to a chance encounter 14 years ago. He may never be able to explain all of the reasons why he loves her, but she understands that she is the reason he doesn’t love others. Jetsun Pema has been fortunate, but she has also worked hard to grow and prepare herself for the position of Queen of Bhutan, which she well deserves.