Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Meet Queen Jetsun Pema of Bhutan

The young, beautiful, and fashionable Queen of Bhutan, a country secluded from the world's limelight due to its remoteness, has already been generating a stir ever since her marriage to the King and her rise to the position of Queen Consort. She is a powerhouse in her own right, and much loved by the Bhutanese people. However, on a fun and superficial level, she has also drawn favorable comparisons to the Duchess of Cambridge, so much so, that she is sometimes referred to as the "Kate Middleton of the Himalayas".
So who is this Himalayan Queen? At 25-years-old, she is the youngest Queen Consort in the world. Like Kate, she was a commoner (though with an aristocratic lineage) and the daughter of a pilot. She is fashionable, athletic, and holds a university arts background. Additionally, she herself is a brand new mum, having recently given birth to a baby boy.
As with Wills and Kate, the King and Queen of Bhutan have always shown great respect for their country's culture and traditions, all while clearly carving a path for themselves. While the Cambridges gave the strict royal custom of Royals-only Christmases at Sandringham a tweak, by either inviting Kate's family to Anmer Hall, or even spending the day with the Middletons, TRM of Bhutan have also made small changes such as their love marriage (rather than an arranged marriage), or their occasional very chaste PDA in a nation that traditionally avoids it in public. Additionally, the Queen share interests in causes such as conservation, children's issues, and fulfilling the potential of children with disabilities.

From a fashion perspective, HRM wears traditional Bhutanese attire while at home. I am so very partial to the vibrancy of traditional Bhutanese attire - that's the color-loving desi in me. But she does wear western clothes while traveling abroad.
The Queen of Bhutan is pictured at Delhi Couture Week alongside Farah Ali Khan.
With the impending arrival of the Cambridges and the media circus that follows them, the spotlight is going to shine brightly on Bhutan for the next couple of days. I'm excited to learn more about the country, its people, its customs, and of course TRM, the King and Queen of Bhutan. It's said to be the happiest place in the world!
Photos: jetsun pema facebook page/india today - getty/hm king jigme khesar namgyel wangchuck

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