Uploaded on Oct 13, 2011
For the international media, the royal wedding, taking place today in Punakha Dzong, is a quaint little story happening in the world's youngest democracy, a remote isolated nation, hidden in the folds of the eastern Himalayas.
To Bhutan and the Bhutanese, it is much more. It is a most joyous and auspicious occasion, a moment in time that carries with it deep significance and brims with hope for the future. It is about new beginnings in the present that will keep alive the past.
And it is taking place at a time when the nation is enjoying unprecedented peace and prosperity, as it takes strides to find its way on the path to democracy.
If the past few months have shown anything since the royal wedding was announced, it is the strong bond between the people and their monarch.
While school children expressed their happiness in many ways, the older generation were overjoyed and a bit relieved at the same time that the King had finally found a befitting bride and decided to marry, because, by Bhutanese standards, 31 years is a bit on the late side.
At a time, when the nation is going through far reaching changes at all levels, the wedding is symbolical of the coming of age of a new generation that must build upon the successes of the past, and take this special kingdom of ours to greater heights of peace and prosperity.
For many, it will be the first time they will witness such a historic event - a royal wedding and the crowning of a Queen - which unfolds under the gilded pinnacles of one of the most important monuments in the country.
Perhaps the most important significance of the royal matrimony is that it ensures the continuity of the institution of monarchy that embodies the hopes and aspirations of Bhutan and the Bhutanese people.
The wishes and prayers of the people are for an heir to the golden throne in theyear of the dragon
Source: Bhutan Broadcasting Service (BBS) & Kuensel
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