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New picture revealed of heir to Bhutan’s throne in traditional Japanese dress given to him by Imperial Family

A new photo has been revealed of the heir to the throne in Bhutan in the November calendar released by Yellow Bhutan.

Prince Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck (also called the Dragon Prince or the Gyalsey) of Bhutan has become a common fixture on these monthly calendars, last featuring in the June edition.

Photo: Yellow Bhutan

The photo was taken in Japan while King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema travelled to the country with their son for the Enthronement Ceremony of Emperor Naruhito in October. The Gyalsey is seen in a yellow Kimono given to him by the Japanese Imperial Family.

The image was shared on the social media accounts of both the King and Queen.

Whether the traditional garment was given while the family was in Japan or while the Crown Prince Family of Japan travelled to Bhutan over the summer is not known. The Dragon Prince met with Prince Hisahito of Japan, 12, on the latter’s first foreign visit in August.

Prince Hisahito Prince Jigme Wangchuck

Yellow Bhutan said with this month’s release, “It has been our pleasure to release these free, downloadable monthly calendars, with Gregorian calendar dates, Bhutanese Lunar calendar dates, and public holidays in Bhutan, for your laptop, computer, smartphone, or notepad wallpapers. Thank you for your overwhelming response.”

You can download the November calendar here. Downloads are available for smartphones, tablets, PCs and Macs.

King Jigme and Queen Jetsun Pema were married in October 2011, and the birth of their first child was honoured by the planting of 108,000 trees in Bhutan by thousands of volunteers. Known simply as The Gyalsey (‘the prince’) for the first few months of his life, the new-born Prince Jigme’s name was not announced to the world until 16 April 2016.

The Gyalsey or Crown Prince Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck is the only child of the King and Queen of Bhutan. He was born on 5 February 2016 in Lingkana Palace in Thimphu, Bhutan.

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