King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck has finally revealed his intention to marry a commoner Jetsun Pema in an address at the opening of parliament, officials said.
“The king presided over the opening of parliament this morning and during the ceremony he announced that he would be getting married in October,” a secretary from the ministry of information, Kinley Dorji, told AFP.
“There will be a celebration, but His Majesty has requested that the government not make big plans and big celebrations,” Dorji Wangchuk from the royal press office, told AFP by telephone from the capital Thimphu.
“It is because of the lack of resources (in Bhutan), and secondly to make the celebrations more intimate and personal,” he added.
Not much information has been released about Pema but it is reported that she is a college student. Interestingly, the former king of Bhutan has four wives.
As per the information revealed by the King, 21-year-old Pema is a student at the London’s Regents College.
Media reports during the King’s recent visits said that Pema has been accompanying him during various instances.