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Bhutan King Marries, Crowns Queen

King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, 31, the world's youngest monarch, married 21-year-old Jetsun Pema at a 17th-century monastery fortress in Punakha, Bhutan's ancient capital. Oxford-educated hereditary monarch Wangchuck is the fifth Druk Gyalpo, or king of the Land of the Thunder Dragon. Thousands of people dressed in traditional colored robes stood outside. Singers chanted celebratory songs amid the beating of drums.

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Bhutan's King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema kiss in front of the crowd at the main stadium as part of their wedding celebrations in Thimphu, October 15, 2011. (AP)
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Bhutan's King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema kiss in front of the crowd at the main stadium as part of their wedding celebrations in Thimphu, October 15, 2011. (AP)

Bhutan's King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, center, and Queen Jetsun Pema, center left, perform the traditional final dance with guests at the main stadium, including Indian Member of Parliament Rahul Gandhi, bottom second right, as part of their weddi
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Bhutan's King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, center, and Queen Jetsun Pema, center left, perform the traditional final dance with guests at the main stadium, including Indian Member of Parliament Rahul Gandhi, bottom second right, as part of their weddi

Guests and locals take part the final dance, or Tashi Labay, during wedding celebrations of Bhutan's King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema at the main stadium in Thimphu. (AP)
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Guests and locals take part the final dance, or Tashi Labay, during wedding celebrations of Bhutan's King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema at the main stadium in Thimphu. (AP)

Men in traditional costumes perform on the third day of the wedding ceremony of King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema at the Changlimithang stadium in Thimphu. (Reuters)
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Men in traditional costumes perform on the third day of the wedding ceremony of King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema at the Changlimithang stadium in Thimphu. (Reuters)

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