The King and Queen of Bhutan share first official solo portraits of their newborn son

By Flora Bell

His Majesty King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck celebrated his 36th birthday by sharing photos of his new addition. The royal family of Bhutan have released the first official solo portraits of his son, His Royal Highness, The Gyalsey.

The photos were taken on Feb. 19, when HRH The Prince had just turned two weeks old. The official portraits of the young boy were taken by the king himself at the Lingkana Palace.

"As we offer our humble love and wishes, we also rejoice, knowing that one this special year, His Majesty has the exceptional, personal happiness of being a parent," their Majesties wrote on their respective royal Facebook pages.


The first official solo portraits of the Prince of Bhutan have been released to celebrate his father's 36th birthday.

In the other photos that have been released, the King and Queen of Bhutan seem overjoyed with their first child, posing in the palace gardens.

The solo portraits have been released ten days after King Jigme and his wife Jetsun Pema released the first photo of them cradling their baby boy. In the picture, the couple can be seen gazing lovingly at their four-day-old son, who is swaddled in an orange blanket.

The message accompanying the photo read: "Bhutanese families spent a wonderful Losar today, celebrating the day with family and loved ones. To make the day even more special, we have the honour of bringing to you the very first official photograph of His Royal Highness The Gyalsey.

The King of Bhutan beams broadly at his two-week-old son.

"In this delightful Losar Kupar from Lingkana Palace, His Royal Highness The Gyalsey is surrounded by His Majesty The King, His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, and Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen."

The royal couple, who married in a stunning and traditional wedding ceremony, will welcome Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge this spring, when Prince George’s parents undertake a royal tour of India and Bhutan.

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