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In pictures: Bhutan coronation

Coronation at the Tashichho Dzong Palace, in Thimphu, Bhutan

The tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan has crowned its new king in a lavish ceremony attended by thousands of local people and foreign dignitaries.

New Bhutan King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck

Priests had waited for an auspicious day for the coronation of Oxford-educated Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck.

Coronation at the Tashichho Dzong Palace, in Thimphu, Bhutan

People travelled from far and wide for the event at Tashichho Dzong Palace in the capital Thimphu.

Royal guards at the Bhutan coronation

The ceremony was a colourful mix of ancient and Buddhist rituals.

Monks at the Bhutan coronation

Monks stood on the palace walls, blowing horns, banging drums and clashing cymbals throughout the ceremony.

Dancers wait to perform at the Bhutan coronation

Brightly-clad dancers performed as the young king and his family arrived for the ceremony.

New King Jigme Singye Wangchuck at the coronation

Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, pictured centre, walked through the crowds for the crowning ceremony.

Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck is blessed by a priest before the coronation ceremony

Before he received the crown from his father, he was blessed by a priest.

New King Jigme Singye Wangchuck on his throne

He then took his seat on an ornately-carved throne in front of a huge statue of Buddha as offerings of fruit, wine and foods were made.

Sonia Ghandi (right) attends the coronation

Among those watching the coronation was Sonia Gandhi (right), leader of India's governing party and a friend of the royal family.

Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck after his coronation

At 28, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck becomes the world's youngest reigning monarch.



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