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About Her Majesty Jetsun Pema Wangchuk
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Born on 4 June 1990 in Thimphu

Daughter of Dhondup Gyaltshen, the grandson of Trashigang dzongpon (governor of Trashigang)Dopola and Sonam Chuki of the Bumthang Pangtey family.

After completing early schooling (Primary School, Lower Secondary School) in Thimphu, Her Majesty completed a convent education in in Kalimpong, West Bengal (India). She did her Middle Secondary and Higher Secondary education in Thimphu and Himachal Pradesh (India)respectively.
Jetsun Pema was a student of Regents College, London, UK
Jetsun Pema is second eldest among four siblings (2 brothers and 2 sisters). Her brothers are Thinlay Norbu and Jigme Namgyal. Her two sisters are Yeatso Lhamo and her younger sister Serchen Doma.
October, 2011:
His Majesty Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck married Jetsun Pema

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The Queen's Crown

The brocade-embroidered crown Her Majesty Jetsun Pema Wangchuck donnedat the wedding ceremony in Punakha depicts two Ja Tsherings (phoenix) or the mythical longevity birds.

The male and female birds symbolise the blissful relationship between the King and the Queen.

"It's also a symbol of inseparability in method and wisdom," Dasho Sangay Wangchug of the Privy Council, explained. The crown also has a khorlo or the wheel of dharma between the male and the female bird.

The wheel signifies the power that the King and the Queen is bestowed with to rule in a way that launches the country into a new era of continued peace and prosperity. The lotus beneath the khorlo is for purity of love and devotion for both the King and the Queen.

Lhadrip (scroll painter) Lopon Ugyen, who designed the crown and had it embroidered in Hong Kong, said the frame of the crown was carved in such a way that they accommodated all the strokes of different colours (bjadri).

The embroidery of the tshebum on the crown's rear is also a symbol Amitayu or the Buddha of long life.

The overall dark blue borders is in keeping with the colour of the sky that is representative of the power she wields which is limitless like the open sky.

This article was contributed by Rinzin Wangchuck, KUENSEL, Bhutan's national newspaper, 2011
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