Bhutan's King and Queen Reveal the New Royal Baby's Name

Chloe Foussianes
Photo credit: Instagram/@queenjetsunpema
Photo credit: Instagram/@queenjetsunpema

From Town & Country

At long last, royal watchers have learned the name of Bhutan's new royal baby.

Although King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema's son arrived in March, it's traditional for the royal family to refrain from revealing a child's name until after a special Buddhist naming ceremony has taken place. The Queen shared photos from the event on Instagram, revealing that the young royal would be called Jigme Ugyen Wangchuck—and referred to as Gyalsey Ugyen Wangchuck, with Gyalsey meaning "Prince"—in the caption. Gyalsey Ugyen Wangchuck is the royal couple's second son, after four-year-old heir apparent Gyalsey Jigme Namgyel.

"His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen graced the Trelda Tsechu prayer ceremony at Thimphu Tashichodzong, and offered prayers along with Their Royal Highnesses Gyalsey Jigme Namgyel and Gyalsey Ugyen Wangchuck," read the comment on the post. "The Trelda Tsechu prayers are performed annually for the benefit of all sentient beings."

It continued, "Led by the Prime Minister, representatives of the Dratshang, Government and Armed Forces offered Mendrel Ku Sung Thukten to His Royal Highness the Gyalsey on behalf of the people of Bhutan."

Photos of the newborn were first shared on Instagram at the end of May to celebrate the Queen's 30th birthday, following the birth announcement back in March. The latter post noted that "His Royal Highness The Gyalsey was delighted to meet his younger brother"—and the subsequently released photos of the siblings seem to confirm a sweet bond between the two.



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