These photos prove Bhutan’s new Crown Prince is cuter than baby Archie
With the world upended by the devastating Covid-19 pandemic, we need events like the birth of a prince – who also happens to be totally cute – to warm the heart and ease our worries for a while at least. King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema of Bhutan have just given the world a glimpse into their lives by sharing pics of their newborn – Jigme Ugyen Wangchuck.
With an impressive head of black hair and a ready smile, the crown prince, or Gyalsey, has already won many hearts. Here’s what you need to know about the world’s newest royal – along with snaps to tick all those #cutebaby boxes.
Gyalsey Ugyen Wangchuck is born
The king and queen announced the birth of their second child on their official social media accounts in March. The couple thanked their medical team and locals for their well-wishes. At the same time, they also reminded all Bhutanese to be responsible and supportive of each other during the coronavirus pandemic.
A king first
Despite having a newborn in the family, King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck maintained a busy schedule as the country braced itself for the onslaught of the coronavirus pandemic. Land borders were sealed and the king regularly made site inspections and visits to hospitals.
World, meet the prince
The King and Queen shared pictures of their new addition at the end of May. The pictures were taken in the grounds of Lingkana Palace in the Bhutanese capital of Thimphu. The snaps were released to commemorate the queen’s 30th birthday.
A brother’s bond
This is the couple’s second child together. Four-year-old Prince Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck, known as the Dragon Prince, was born in 2016. Fans have already remarked on the similarities between the two, most notably their smile. The pictures also clearly show a proud big brother looking down on his new BFF.
A name reveal
At the start of July, the royal family formally announced the prince would be named Jigme Ugyen Wangchuck. The statement said he would be formally known as Gyalsey Ugyen Wangchuck. Pictures of the family were taken at the Trelda Tsechu prayer ceremony at Thimphu Tashichodzong.
A love that stands strong
The king was crowned in 2008 at just 26 years of age, after his father abdicated, and he married the queen three years later. Today, as the royals begin life as a family of four, citizens are again remarking on how the celebrity couple have modernised the royal family with them often being referred to as the “the William and Kate of the Himalayas” because of their open displays of affection.