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Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, King of Bhutan, the world's youngest reigning monarch

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, October 16, 2011 at 07:47:55 :: Bhutan

Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, king of Bhutan, born on 21 February 1980 (age 31) is currently the world's youngest reigning monarch.

He is the 5th and current reigning Dragon King (Druk Gyalpo) of the Kingdom of Bhutan. He became king on 14 December 2006, and was officially crowned on 6 November 2008.

Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, King of Bhutan

As Crown Prince of Bhutan, Khesar attended Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej's 60th Anniversary Celebrations on 12–13 June 2006 in Bangkok along with royals from 25 countries. Known in the Thai press as Prince Jigme, the prince, at 26 the youngest of the visiting royals, caused a sensation, giving rise to a legion of female fans in Thailand. The Thai press dubbed him "Prince Charming", publishing his photograph and running stories about him as well as tourism in Bhutan for several weeks after he had left Thailand.

The "Prince Charming" of Asia is now off market after getting married with 21 year old Jetsun Pema, also from Bhutan, on 13 October 2011.

Both the king and the new queen have their own Facebook page. Here is the one of the king of Bhutan, and here is the one of his wife.

Bhutan is a landlocked state in South Asia of 38,000 km2 and around 708,000 inhabitants.

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