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King and Queen of Bhutan release new photo of adorable Prince Jigme ahead of first birthday

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How time flies! Prince Jigme of Bhutan is turning one this week, and to celebrate, his parents King Jigme and Queen Jetsun have released a new photo of their little boy. The latest image, which forms part of the royal family's online calendar, shows Jigme beaming from ear-to-ear as he plays with a yellow toy car. The cherubic prince has a head full of hair and dark sparkling eyes, just like his proud dad.

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Queen Jetsun, 26, unveiled the photo on Instagram and captioned it: "HRH Gyalsey will turn 1 in just a few days. The February desktop calendar from www.yellow.bt celebrates the occasion with this adorable photograph." Gyalsey means 'prince' and his parents use the term 'His Royal Highness The Gyalsey' when referring to their son. They also used the term before officially announcing their baby's name.

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Prince Jigme of Bhutan will celebrate his first birthday on 5 February

King and Queen are the 'William and Kate of the Himalayas'

King Jigme, who will turn 37 a couple of weeks after his son's first birthday, welcomed his baby boy on 5 February 2016 with his wife Jetsun. A spectacular naming ceremony was held in April, where the king announced that his son would take his name, Jigme, which means "fearless". The little boy's full name is Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck.

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The King and Queen of Bhutan release a new photo of their son each month

The king said: "The Gyalsey is not just the prince of the King and Gyaltsuen, but a son to all the Bhutanese people... Jigme means fearless. It symbolises great courage to overcome any challenge that he may confront in future as he serves our country."

King and Queen proud to see Jigme 'grow up so quickly'

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The couple married in 2011

Over the past year, the king and queen have been touring their small Himalayan country, presenting their son to well-wishers. Locals have also enjoyed seeing just how quickly Jigme is growing up; a new photo of the prince is released each month for the royals' online calendar.

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