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First family of four photos released to celebrate Queen Jetsun Pema’s 30th birthday

The first images of Bhutan’s new royal family of four have been released by the Royal Court ahead of Queen Jetsun Pema’s 30th birthday.

The Royal Court said: “To commemorate the 30th Birth Anniversary of Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen on the 4th of June, it is our privilege to share a wonderful collection of photographs of the Royal Family.”

Five photos were released of King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, Queen Jetsun Pema, Gyalsey (Prince) Jigme Namgyel and the Gyalsey ahead of the Queen’s birthday on 4 June.

Royal Office for Media
Her Majesty with her younger son. Photo: Royal Office for Media

The new royal baby boy, being referred to as His Royal Highness The Gyalsey for now, was born on 19 March 2020. The baby’s name will be announced “soon,” according to the Royal Court.

The images also revealed the royal baby’s face for the first time since his March birth.

His older brother is His Royal Highness Gyalsey (or Prince) Jigme Namgyel, who was born on 5 Feb 2016.

The King photographed with his two sons. Photo: Royal Office for Media
Photo: Royal Office for Media

All photographs were taken on 29 May at Lingkana Palace – the King and Queen’s residence located in Thimphu.

The Facebook of the Queen, run by the Royal Court, wished the Queen an early happy birthday: “With deepest gratitude and love on this special occasion, we offer our prayers for the lasting happiness and health of our Beloved Queen, Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen.”

Photo: Royal Office for Media

The King has been on the throne since the abdication of his father in 2006. His son, Prince Jigme Namgyel is first in line, followed by The Gyalsey.

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