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Bhutan

Queen of Bhutan takes sons on trip to her ancestral home


Royal Office for Media

Queen Jetsun Pema of Bhutan has taken her two sons, Crown Prince Jigme Namgyel and Prince Ugyen Wangchuck, to her paternal ancestral home in Trongsa.

The Queen took her sons to visit the home in Tangsibji village while she was on a trip to Trongsa and Bumthang from 9 December until 15 December. They were accompanied by the King’s sister, Princess Eeuphelma Choden Wangchuck, and her husband, Thinlay Norbu – who happens to be the brother of Queen Jetsun Pema. Other members of the Queen’s family joined on the trip.

Prince Ugyen Wangchuck. Photo: Royal Office for Media

To honour one-year-old Prince Ugyen Wangchuck’s first trip to the ancestral home, community representatives offered Ku-Sung Thug, which is a symbolic offering of dedication. His older brother, five-year-old Crown Prince Jigme Namgyel, has visited the area before.

The family greets representatives offering Mendrel Ku Sung Thug. Photo: Royal Office for Media

The trip also consisted of a stop at Trongsa Dzong – another first for the younger child of the King and Queen. In celebration of this, Dzongkhag representatives offered Mendrel Ku Sung Thug, according to the Royal Office for Media.

Queen Jetsun Pema and her sons also prayed at the lhakhangs of the Dzong, and a lovely photo was shared of the Crown Prince helping his younger brother light a butter lamp.

Photo: Royal Office for Media

While there, Queen Jetsun Pema, the Crown Prince and Prince Ugyen Wangchuck attended the ongoing Trongsa Tshechu taking place within government health requirements.

The Queen also took time to meet with De-Suup trainees alongside Princess Eeuphelma Choden Wangchuck, who is an active member of the organisation with her husband. The two spoke to trainees in De-Suung Skilling Programme courses (including hairdressing, makeup, advanced jewellery design, videography and construction) in both Trongsa and Bumthang.

Queen Jetsun Pema and Princess Eeuphelma Choden Wangchuck. Photo: Royal Office for Media

While in Bumthang, there were more honours for Ugyen Wangchuck. He, his mother and his older brother visited Jamphel Lhakhang, Kurje Lhakhang, and Tamzhing Lhakhang. Dzongkhag representatives offered Mendrel Ku Sung Thug to him to mark his first trip to Bumthang at Kurje.

The Crown Prince receives the Marchang Offering. Photo: Royal Office for Media

At Kenchosum Lhakhang, Mendrel Ku Sung Thug was offered by Peling Sungtrul Rinpoche, Gangtey Trulku and monks. This location was special as the Kagyul Drupchen just concluded after its first performance in 500 years.

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Brittani is from Tennessee, USA. She is a political scientist and historian after graduating with a degree in the topics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in December 2014. She also holds a master's degree from Northeastern University. She enjoys reading and researching all things regarding the royals of the world. Her love of royals began in middle school, and she's been researching, reading, and writing on royalty for over a decade. She became Europe Editor in October 2016, and then Deputy Editor in January 2019, and has been featured on several podcasts, radio shows, news broadcasts and websites including Global News Canada, ABC News Australia, WION India and BBC World News.