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Bhutan King Coronation in 2008

31-year-old Jigme Khesar became Bhutan's first constitutional monarch in 2008. His coronation followed parliamentary elections and came at the end of a gradual two-year power transfer process from his father, aimed at helping Bhutan evolve into a more modern participant in the international community.

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One of the three sacred Thongdroels of the Buddha and Bodhisattvas unfurled for the coronation at the Tashiccho Dzong, November 05, 2008 (Photo/VOA - S. Herman)
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One of the three sacred Thongdroels of the Buddha and Bodhisattvas unfurled for the coronation at the Tashiccho Dzong, November 05, 2008 (Photo/VOA - S. Herman)

Bhutanese bow before a sacred Thongdroel (giant tapestry) unfurled at the Coronation site, the Tashichho Dzong, November 05, 2008 (Photo/VOA - S. Herman)
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Bhutanese bow before a sacred Thongdroel (giant tapestry) unfurled at the Coronation site, the Tashichho Dzong, November 05, 2008 (Photo/VOA - S. Herman)

Two of the sacred Thongdroel (giant tapestry) unfurled at the coronation site, the Tashichho Dzong, November 05, 2008 (Photo/VOA - S. Herman)
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Two of the sacred Thongdroel (giant tapestry) unfurled at the coronation site, the Tashichho Dzong, November 05, 2008 (Photo/VOA - S. Herman)

Ceremonial guards, November 05, 2008 (Photo/VOA - S. Herman)
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Ceremonial guards, November 05, 2008 (Photo/VOA - S. Herman)

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