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Thursday
Oct132011

King Wangchuck of Bhutan Married in Elaborate Ceremony

PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images(PUNAKHA, Bhutan) -- The king of the tiny country of Bhutan got married Thursday in an elaborate ceremony in Punakha. 

Thousands of Bhutanese witnessed the marriage of King Jigme Khesar Wangchuck and his bride Jetsun Pema. At just 31 years old, Wangchuck is the youngest living king in the world.

Queen Pema, the 21-year-old daughter of an airline pilot, is now part of the Wangchuck dynasty, which has reigned over Bhutan for over a hundred years.

Bhutan is only about the size of Iowa, and has a population equivalent to El Paso, Texas. The country did not have paved roads or post offices until the 1960s, and it installed its first escalator just last month.

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