Bhutan's King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and his wife Queen Jetsun Pema carried out the naming ceremony of their first child, The Gyalsey, on Saturday. Popularly known as the "William and Kate of the Himalayas," the couple walked together as Jigme, 36, cradled his baby son. The couple was blessed with a son on Feb. 5.
“The Gyalsey is not just the prince of the King and Gyaltsuen, but a son to all the Bhutanese people. ... Jigme means fearless. It symbolizes great courage to overcome any challenge that he may confront in future as he serves our country,” the Bhutanese king reportedly said. He added that he and his wife had named their baby son, Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck.
The king said that his son will be the son for the entire people of Bhutan and will also serve his country with love and dedication when he grows up. His wife, Jetsun, 25, gave birth to the Crown Prince of Bhutan at the Lingkana Palace in Thimphu. The royal couple released the first picture of their baby on Feb. 9.
The picture that showed the baby prince on the lap of his grandfather, the former king of Bhutan, Jigme Singye Wangchuck, was clicked at the palace garden. The former king was flanked by the king and queen. Meanwhile, Jigme and Jetsun also released the first official solo picture of their baby boy on Feb. 20.
The little boy’s name was only revealed after his special Buddhist naming ceremony as is the tradition in Bhutan. Earlier, during the birth of the baby, all the sacred traditions of Bhutan were observed with the Je Khenpo presiding over the religious ceremonies. The king and queen of the Himalayan region, also known as the Dragon King and Queen, were elated and individually thanked all members of the medical staff who helped in the delivery.
Just days after welcoming Prince William and Kate Middleton to Bhutan, Jigme and Jetsun attended the naming ceremony of their son. “I think our happiness index has shot up, this visit has been a blessing for Bhutan. It is wonderful they got to meet our King and Queen and the new prince,” Norbu Wangchuk, the education minister of Bhutan, reportedly said.