King of Bhutan Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck is World's Youngest
King of Bhutan, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck
The Himalayan country of Bhutan crowned their new king, 28-year-old Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, yesterday in a ceremony that brought thousands from snowy villages to the capital city of Thimphu.
The new king was crowned by his father, the revered former king, Jigme Singye Wangchuck, at 8:31 a.m. local time, making him the druk gyalpo, or dragon king.
The former king abdicated two years ago as part of his plan to reform and modernize the nation of 635,000 people by ending more than 100 years of absolute royal rule. The country's first parliamentary elections were held in March.
The coronation came after a two year wait for astrologers to determine the precise moment deemed most auspicious for a successful reign.
King Khesar, educated at Oxford University, retains strong ties with Britain. Known for his good looks and his skill on the basketball court, he has won hearts across north-east India and south-east Asia.
View more photos and video of coronation below.