With Prince Harry's engagement to Meghan Markle, the British royal family has captured the world's attention once again. And while Kate Middleton's husband will one day take the throne, it could be some time before Prince William is a monarch. Which is why you need to know more about the world's youngest queen, Her Majesty (Druk Gyaltsuen) Jetsun Pema Wangchuck.
She's the youngest living queen.
Queen Jetsun Pema of Bhutan took the throne when she was just 21 years old. Now 27, she is the youngest living queen.
To commemorate His Majesty's 36th Birth Anniversary on 21st February, we are delighted to share a collection of wonderful photographs of His Royal Highness The Gyalsey, with His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen. His Royal Highness is two-weeks old today! ❀ As we offer our humble love and wishes, we also rejoice, knowing that on this special year, His Majesty has the exceptional, personal happiness of being a Parent. #Bhutan #KingKhesar #QueenJetsun #Gyalsey #Prince #Love #Happiness
She studied in England before getting married.
Prior to getting married, the Queen studied international relations with psychology and art history at Regent's College in London, England. Upon the completion of her studies, Pema returned to Bhutan where it was announced she was to marry His Majesty (Druk Gyalpo) Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, known as the Dragon King.
This wonderful image of Their Majesties, celebrating the Royal Wedding Anniversary which falls this month, features on the free desktop and smartphone wallpaper available on www.yellow.bt. This image is from 14 October 2011, as Their Majesties met hundreds of thousands of people along the highway while returning from Punakha after the Royal Wedding Ceremony to Thimphu.
The King waited to get married.
Of the Queen, the King said, "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."
The Queen gave birth to a son.
In February 2016, she gave birth to The Druk Gyalsey, Prince Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck.
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
She's a philanthropist.
Queen Pema is Patron of the Royal Society for Protection of Nature. She also works with a variety of charitable organizations, including Ability Bhutan Society, Bhutan Kidney Association, and the Bhutan Red Cross Society.
3 December 2016: Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen graced the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. A DVD created by Wangsel Institute under Drukgyel Central School, Paro was launched at the event. The DVD provides communication support to families and service providers of young deaf children and contains over 300 signs, incorporating Bhutanese sign language. The chairperson of Ability Bhutan Society (ABS), Dasho Kunzang Wangdi, in the opening address highlighted the various disabled person’s organizations in Bhutan that include Ability Bhutan Society, Tarayana Foundation, Disabled Person’s Association of Bhutan, Draktsho and Bussi-En. He stressed on the importance of creating public awareness on disabilities and the continued efforts of the NGO’s with relevant agencies of the Royal Government to foster an inclusive and enabling society. Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen is the Royal Patron of the Ability Bhutan Society. ABS provides multidisciplinary services to children with moderate to severe disabilities. #HerMajesty #Gyaltsuen #QueenJetsunPema #RoyalPatron #ABS #TarayanaFoundation #DPAB #Draktsho #Bussi-En #Bhutan #Japan #Thimphu #idpwd2016
Move over, Meghan Markle.
This story first appeared on ELLE.com.