Meet the world's youngest queen, 27-year-old Jetsun Pema of Bhutan

Getty/Paula BronsteinJetsun Pema, 27, is the world’s youngest living queen.

Jetsun Pema, 27, is the world’s youngest living queen.

She took the throne at the age of 21 in 2011, when she married King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck of Bhutan, now 37.

The couple – who have a 1-year-old son, Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck – have both studied in England, share a love of art, and were once dubbed the “Will and Kate of The Himalayas.”

Speaking about his wife, the king once told local 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.”

So who is the woman by his side?

Meet Jetsun Pema, the youngest queen on the planet.


This is 27-year-old Queen Jetsun Pema, the youngest living queen.

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Jetsun Pema became queen of the kingdom of Bhutan in October 2011, at just 21, when she married 31-year-old King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck of Bhutan, also known as the “Dragon King.”


Before taking the throne, the queen attended Regent’s College in London, where she studied international relations, psychology, and art history. The couple apparently share a love of art.

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The popular king, also a young monarch, studied at Oxford University.

Getty/Paula BronsteinPreparations for the royal wedding included mounting this giant portrait of the king and his bride.

More than 50,000 Bhutanese citizens attended the final day of wedding celebrations at Changlimithang Stadium in Thimphu.


Their union has been described as a “love marriage,” with Pema portrayed as a “commoner” by the secretariat. The Washington Post reported that “in one version of events, the two met at a picnic when she was 7 and he was 17; she reportedly came up to him and gave him a hug.”

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Source: The Washington Post


However, her family apparently has long-term links with the royals. She is the daughter of a pilot, but her paternal great-grandfather was lord of the eastern province of Tashigang, and her maternal grandfather was the half-brother of the wife of Bhutan’s second king, according to The Post.

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Source: The Washington Post


She’s known for her charity work for organisations like the Bhutan Red Cross Society, Ability Bhutan Society, and Bhutan Kidney Association.

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Source: Elle UK


Despite her royal duties, she appears to be a hands-on mother.

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She gave birth to the royal couple’s first child, a son named Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck, in February 2016.

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The king, who also appears to be an involved father, once 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.”

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Source: The Washington Post


“She is a wonderful human being, intelligent,” he told reporters. “She and I share one big thing in common: a love and passion for art.”

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Source: The Washington Post


In April 2016, the king and queen welcomed the duke and duchess of Cambridge on a royal visit. The Bhutanese royals were once nicknamed “the Will and Kate of the Himalayas.”

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They most recently visited New Delhi, India, in October, where their 1-year-old son reportedly melted hearts — and it’s not hard to see why.

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Source: Tribune India

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