By Stacey Leasca
November 26, 2017
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There’s a new queen in town, and no we aren’t talking about Kate Middleton.

While the rest of the world was busy paying attention to the comings and goings of the British royal family in 2011, the Kingdom of Bhutan named a new queen: Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen Jetsun Pema Wangchuck. And frankly, she’s just as worthy of your admiration (if not more so). Keep scrolling to learn more about your new royal obsession.

She’s the Youngest Living Queen on Earth

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Royal Wedding Anniversary: 13th October For the people of Bhutan, our King and Queen embody Dignity and Grace, and all that is sacred and cherished in Bhutan. In Their Majesties’ tireless work that emanates from abiding love and care for the people, we find a fountain of inspiration. On the Royal Wedding Anniversary, our humble offering is a rededication of our body, mind and spirit towards building the great, prosperous nation that His Majesty envisions, and our wish that this wonderful country is forever blessed by Their Majesties’ benevolent guidance. 🙏🙏🙏 #Bhutan #RoyalWeddingAnniversary

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At age 27, Queen Jetsun is the youngest reigning queen in the world. She gained her title in 2011 when she married Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, otherwise known as Bhutan's “Dragon King.” At the time she was just 21 years old. Of his wife, the king told reporters: “I have been waiting for quite some time to get married. But it doesn’t matter when you get married as long as it is to the right person. I am certain I am married to the right person.”

She Has Her Own Royal Roots

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❦ Bhutanese families spent a wonderful Losar today, celebrating the day with family and loved ones. To make the day even more special, we have the honour of bringing to you the very first official photograph of His Royal Highness The Gyalsey. In this delightful Losar Kupar from Lingkana Palace, His Royal Highness The Gyalsey is surrounded by His Majesty The King, His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, and Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen. His Royal HIghness The Gyalsey was born on the 5th of February 2016, and is the first Royal Child of His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen. ❦ #Blessed #Gyalsey #PrinceofBhutan #KingJigmeKhesar #QueenJetsunPema #Bhutan #FourthDrukGyalpo

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❦ Bhutanese families spent a wonderful Losar today, celebrating the day with family and loved ones. To make the day even more special, we have the honour of bringing to you the very first official photograph of His Royal Highness The Gyalsey. In this delightful Losar Kupar from Lingkana Palace, His Royal Highness The Gyalsey is surrounded by His Majesty The King, His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, and Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen. His Royal HIghness The Gyalsey was born on the 5th of February 2016, and is the first Royal Child of His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen. ❦ #Blessed #Gyalsey #PrinceofBhutan #KingJigmeKhesar #QueenJetsunPema #Bhutan #FourthDrukGyalpo

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According to the Washington Post, Queen Jetsun’s paternal great-grandfather was lord of the eastern province of Tashigang. Meanwhile her maternal grandfather was the half-brother of the wife of Bhutan’s second king. The King, her now husband, also dated Pema’s cousin while studying at Oxford.

She’s an Avid Art Lover

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27.11.15 🌷 Engineers from the ministry of health present the plans for the upcoming 150 bed Gyaltsuen Jetsun Pema Mother and Child Hospital, which will be built on this site near the existing JDWNRH to Her Majesty. Her Majesty graced the traditional ground breaking 'salhang tendril' ceremony of the hospital, which is held to appease the serpent deities that are believed to protect the land, and seek their permission and protection for a successful completion of work. The salhang ceremony is important in beginning any construction work, and reflects the deeply held buddhist values of respect for the natural environment and land. #bhutan #queen #jetsunpema

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Queen Jetsun is reportedly “passionate about fine arts and painting.” She first learned to love art while studying at a private boarding school in India. There, she studied English, history, economics, geography, and painting, according to her official biography. She then went on to study Psychology and Art History at Regent’s University in London.

She’s a Style Icon

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On the auspicious occassion of Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen's birthday, (June 4), we join the entire country in offering our wishes and love to Her Majesty The Queen. Her Majesty's eternal grace and service to the nation alongside His Majesty The King inspires and uplifts us everyday. Happy Birthday la, Your Majesty. #HerMajesty #QueenJetsunPema #HappyBirthdayYourMajesty #QueenofBhutan #beautiful #June #Bhutan

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Sure, Middleton’s clothing may sell out in minutes, but Queen Jetsun is no slouch in the wardrobe department either. The stunning royal is often seen sporting the bright, colorful, and traditional clothing of her country, with just a touch of modern style. While traveling, her biography noted, she will often switch into Western-style outfits.

She’s a Mom

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Last year on Zhabdrung Kuchoe, His Royal Highness The Gyalsey received the name Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck. The monthly calendar for May on yellow.bt commemorates this special event, with this photograph of Their Majesties and HRH The Gyalsey, taken at the Tashichhodzong recently. Zhabdrung Kuchoe falls this year on May 5. #HisMajesty #KingJigmeKhesar #KingofBhutan #HerMajesty #QueenJetsunPema #QueenofBhutan #HRH #Gyalsey #ZhabdrungKuchoe #May #calendar #yellow

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On February, 5 2016 the royal pair welcomed their first child, a son named His Royal HIghness Gyalsey Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck. On the day of his birth, the country planted 108,000 tree saplings. Dasho Karma Raydi, a volunteer who assisted in planting the trees, told BBC: "We are now nurturing the plants as if we are nurturing the little prince.”

She Cares Deeply About Her Causes

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11 November 2017: Coinciding with the Birth Anniversary of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen formally launched the "Bhutan for Life" initiative. Bhutan for Life, a joint initiative of the Royal Government of Bhutan and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), is a strategic and long-term solution to ensure that Bhutan remains economically and environmentally sustainable forever. The Bhutan for Life initiative draws on the exceptional success story of Bhutan in conservation, guided by the farsighted vision of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, and strengthened by the continued efforts of His Majesty The King. Bhutan for Life aims to protect, save, and monitor wildlife and habitats, provide sustainable ecosystem goods and services for Bhutan and its neighbours, maintain Bhutan's forest cover and its promise to remain carbon neutral for all time, support the thousand of people living in protected areas through job creation and community improvements, and strengthen the enforcement and management of protected areas. #HerMajesty #QueenJetsunPema #QueenofBhutan #Bhutan #Environment #Conservation #BhutanforLife

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11 November 2017: Coinciding with the Birth Anniversary of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen formally launched the "Bhutan for Life" initiative. Bhutan for Life, a joint initiative of the Royal Government of Bhutan and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), is a strategic and long-term solution to ensure that Bhutan remains economically and environmentally sustainable forever. The Bhutan for Life initiative draws on the exceptional success story of Bhutan in conservation, guided by the farsighted vision of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, and strengthened by the continued efforts of His Majesty The King. Bhutan for Life aims to protect, save, and monitor wildlife and habitats, provide sustainable ecosystem goods and services for Bhutan and its neighbours, maintain Bhutan's forest cover and its promise to remain carbon neutral for all time, support the thousand of people living in protected areas through job creation and community improvements, and strengthen the enforcement and management of protected areas. #HerMajesty #QueenJetsunPema #QueenofBhutan #Bhutan #Environment #Conservation #BhutanforLife

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As her Facebook page noted, Her Majesty is the Royal Patron of several organizations that work with conservation, environment, and advocacy for persons with disabilities. Beyond her work with nonprofits the Queen also supports cottage-based entrepreneurs and rural economic projects. So truly, she’s a queen of the people.

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