Bhutan's King Jigme Khesar Wangchuk and his beautiful wife, Queen Jetsun, are eagerly awaiting the arrival of their first child, a baby boy. The mom-to-be is said to be in "perfect health" and "looking forward" to the birth of her little prince in February. The arrival of the future heir comes four years after the couple married in a colourful ceremony.
A Facebook post from the royal court showed the young couple posing against the backdrop of the Tashichhodzong, an ancient Buddhist monastery which is now the seat of government.
King Jigme and his captivating consort had stepped out for a breath of fresh air from the modest cottage where they live shunning royal splendour. It is reported the 35-year-old monarch, an Oxford University graduate, often invites local citizens home to discuss their concerns over tea.
With an antique camera slung round his neck in the picture, Jigme may have been hoping to take pictures of the snow – the first to fall in the capital, Thimphu, this year. Photography may well be a topic of conversation in April when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge make a highly anticipated visit to Bhutan.
The duchess, née Kate Middleton, is a photography enthusiast who often takes the official pictures of her children. Her tour of the Himalayan country will coincide with the couple's tour to India on behalf of the British government.
International attention has focused on Bhutan since Jigme's magnificent three-day coronation in 2008, when he greeted thousands of his people in person.
Known as the Dragon King, he ascended the throne after the abdication of his father in a move to smooth the transition from an absolute monarchy to democracy.
His popularity in the only country in the world to measure Gross Domestic Happiness as opposed to Gross Domestic Product will almost certainly increase when he and Jetsun welcome a little heir.