Posted at 04:34 PM ET, 10/13/2011

Bhutan royal wedding: ‘Dragon King’ weds longtime girlfriend (photos, video)

Bhutan’s “Dragon King” married his longtime girlfriend in an ancient monastic fortress in the country’s old capital yesterday.


Newly crowned Queen of Bhutan Jetsun Pema and King of Bhutan Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck acknowledge the crowd after their marriage ceremony. (PRAKASH SINGH - AFP/GETTY IMAGES)
The Post’s Simon Denyer, who was on the ground at the royal celebrations, reports that the Western-educated King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck “set the brocade crown on the head of his beautiful but slightly nervous-looking bride, 21-year-old Jetsun Pema . . . then sat back down on the Golden Throne and placed his Raven Crown on his own head,” an act which made them officially wed.

Below, watch video and see photos from the colorful ceremony, which mixed Buddhism with medieval tradition:


Bhutanese Buddhist monks perform during a rehearsal for a dance to be performed during the wedding festivities. (Kevin Frayer - AP)

A Bhutanese mask dancer prepares himself during a rehearsal for a dance to be performed during the wedding festivities. (Kevin Frayer - AP)

The king and queen stand during Buddhist blessings before their marriage ceremony. (Kevin Frayer - AP)

Monks stand before the procession for the marriage. (Paula Bronstein - GETTY IMAGES)

People watch the dancing during the wedding celebrations. (Paula Bronstein - GETTY IMAGES)


The king and queen stand during Buddhist blessings before their marriage ceremony. (Kevin Frayer - AP)

Buddhist monks wait to take part in the marriage ceremony. (Kevin Frayer - AP)

Monks dressed in traditional costume walk toward a three-story spiritual mural (Tangkha painting) during the marriage. (Paula Bronstein - GETTY IMAGES)


The king and queen walk after their marriage ceremony. (Paula Bronstein - GETTY IMAGES)

A monk watches from a window at the monastery as the king and queen leave after their marriage ceremony is completed. (Paula Bronstein - GETTY IMAGES)


The king greets the media and guests as the queen looks on after they were married. (Kevin Frayer - AP)


The king and queen meet locals after they were married. (Kevin Frayer - AP)


The king holds a child as he greets locals with the queen during a celebration after they were married. (Kevin Frayer - AP)

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