King of Bhutan's tradition-breaking kiss for his bride

Monday October 17, 2011

More on the King of Bhutan's spectacular wedding

There was clapping and cheering as Bhutan's charismatic 'Dragon King' gave his new queen a kiss on the cheek while presenting her to 30,000 spectators at Changlimithang stadium in Thimpu.

But there was more to come for the delighted well-wishers who had turned out to congratulate "the William and Kate of the Himalayas".

In this culture steeped in ancient tradition, public displays of affection are not commonplace. But times are clearly changing.

When the 31-year-old monarch asked his people if he should go one step futher and give his nervous-looking Queen Jetsun Pema a peck on the lips – the excited crowd roared a resounding "yes".

So he obliged, planting another tender kiss on the stunning 21-year-old, an airline pilot's daughter.

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