know the royal bride

As a school student, Jetsun Pema wanted to become an architect. But fate had other things in store for her.

Come October, the 21-year-old granddaughter of the legendary Sey Dophola, will become the Queen of Bhutan, and share her life with the architect of this nation’s dreams, His Majesty Jigme Khesar.

Born on June 4, 1990 at Thimphu Hospital, Jetsun Pema is the second eldest child of the five children born to Sonam Choki and Dhondup Gyaltshen. The royal bride has four siblings; Thinley Norbu (19), Jigme Namgyal (16), Serchen Doma (14) and an elder sister Yeatso Lhamo (25).

She started her schooling in Bhutan at Little Dragon Montessori School, in Thimphu then went on to Sunshine School where she completed her elementary education. Before finishing middle school in Lungtenzampa Higher Secondary School, she studied at Changangkha Secondary School and St. Josephs Convent in Kalimpong.

Her High school years were spent at Lawrence School, Sanawar, where she developed a keen interest in arts and pursued her studies at Regents College, UK.  Jetsun Pema is majoring in International Relations (IR) as well as a minor in Psychology along with a minor in Art History.

Jetsun Pema’s father, Dhondup Gyaltshen is the son of Brigader Ugen Dorji Tangbi from Tangsibji, Trongsa and Aum Karma Yangzom who is the daughter of Tashigang Dzongpon Thinley Topgay who was popularly known as ‘Sey Dophola’.

Dhondup Gyaltshen was a pilot for 22 years with DrukAir and is now flying for Bahrain Airways. He is a North Point school graduate who later graduated from Sherubtse College, Kanglung where he met his wife,  Aum Sonam Choki.

Aum Sonam Chuki is the daughter of Dasho Thinley Namgyal from Pangtoe Goemba, Bumthang and Aum Rinchen from Chorten Nyinpo-Chumbi at Chumey, Bumthang. She is the god daughter of His Royal Highness Prince Namgyel Wangchuck and her father is the half brother of their late majesties, Mayum Phuntsho Choden and Mayum Pema Dechan.

While in Class IX and X at Lungtenzampa school, Jetsun Pema captained the school basketball team where she was a keen player and still participates in tournaments in Thimphu.

A frequent visitor at art museums in London, she appreciates modern and renaissance art.

She also has a keen interest in photography like his Majesty the King.  Fond of traditional music and she loves listening to Namgay Jigs.

Growing up with four siblings, she has a natural gift to bond with children.

The wedding would take place in Punakha first and then there would be official visits to other parts of the country. She is already accompanying His Majesty on royal tours around the country.

She is expected to dress in the colors that suit her kham (birth element).

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  1. We dance and sing along with the people of Bhutan in honor of the royal couple. Let the happiness spreads everywhere!

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  2. All the best wishes from tibetans!!!
    Please keep the gorkhas out…They reproduce tooo fast and will take over your kingdom before you can say – hey!

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  3. They are a beautiful couple, aren’t they?

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  4. I being Bhutanese citizen would like to wish his majesty and royal bride Jetsun Pema to have happy and prosperous marriage life. Wish you two live long without any obstacles in your happy lif ahead.

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  5. I love my kings of Bhutan of till date and to be Queen Jetsun and have a long life to all the Royal family. Happy married life to a new Bride and to the Majesty. Have a happy married life. May god bless all the royal family. HAPPY WEEDING DAY TO OUR HANDSOME YOUNG KING OF BHUTAN HIS MAJESTY JIGME KHESAR NAMGYEL WANGCHUK AND TO BE QUEEN JETSUN PEMA.

    “HAPPY WEEDING DAY”

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  6. The true god of bhutan is non other than our beloved king …hope the royal wed brings peace and prosperity to the people of bhutan.

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  7. i m proud 2 b a citizen oe country bhutan.

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  8. We are eagerly waiting to witness this grant historic events in my life born as a faithful citizen on this dragon kingdom. I should say, how lucky I am to be one among bhutanese citizen.

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  9. Our hearfelt congratulations to His Majesty and Her Majesty on the announcement of the royal wedding. We all look forward to that sunny day in October when all Bhutanese, in whichever corner of the world they are in, can rejoice as one big family.

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  10. i love his majesty the king of bhutan and her majesty azhi Jetsun…..

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  11. We are very grateful to the king for ensuring the continuity of the peaceful and golden reign of the Wangchuck Dynasty in the coming generations too.

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  12. It’s very greatful for everybody including Mr. Namgay Jigs.

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