Bhutan’s Queen Pema gives birth to crown prince

Bhutan’s royal cou­ple have an­nounced the birth of their first child, a crown prince for the Hi­malayan na­tion.

Bhutan Times - - Editorial -

The baby boy was born on Fri­day at the Lingkana Palace in the cap­i­tal Thimpu, the royal me­dia of­fice said.

“Their Majesties and mem­bers of the Royal fam­ily are filled with pro­found joy on the birth of His Royal High­ness,” it said.

King Jigme Wangchuk mar­ried com­moner Jet­sun Pema in 2011 and an­nounced the preg­nancy last Novem­ber.

He was at his wife’s side dur­ing the birth. The baby’s name has not yet been an­nounced.

Early royal vis­i­tors to the cou­ple will be the Duke and Duchess of Cam­bridge, who are mak­ing an of­fi­cial visit to Bhutan this spring.

King Wangchuk, 35, is widely revered in the re­mote king­dom of some 750,000 peo­ple.

He was ed­u­cated in In­dia and Bri­tain and took over af­ter the ab­di­ca­tion in 2006 of his father, who be­gan the coun­try’s demo­cratic tran­si­tion.

In March 2008, Bhutan be­came a con­sti­tu­tional monar­chy and the king re­lin­quished his ab­so­lute pow­ers.

The king­dom is also well-known for its “Gross Na­tional Hap­pi­ness” in­dex - an al­ter­na­tive to GDP - which mea­sures per­sonal hap­pi­ness as op­posed to eco­nomic growth.

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