King Jigme Khesar and Queen Jetsun Pema of Bhutan welcome second baby

By Heather Cichowski, with files from Zach Harper

Congratulations are in order to King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema. The Bhutan royals welcomed their second child, a boy, on March 19.

The happy couple shared the news across their official Instagram accounts the same day. They uploaded a regal family photo featuring the King and Queen with their eldest son, four-year-old Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck. The royal photograph was taken in February 2020, prior to the birth of the newest addition to the family.

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❀ Announcement ❀ We are honoured to announce the birth of the second Royal Child of Their Majesties The King and Queen, a Prince, on the 19th of March 2020, corresponding with the 25th day of the 1st month of the Male Iron Rat year, in Lingkana Palace, Thimphu. Her Majesty and the royal baby are in good health, and His Royal Highness The Gyalsey was delighted to meet his younger brother. Their Majesties express their gratitude to the medical team, the Zhung Dratshang and to everyone for their well-wishes and prayers. While this remains a very happy occasion for the Royal family and the nation and people of Bhutan, Their Majesties wish to remind all Bhutanese to be mindful, responsible and supportive to each other in the wake of the COVID-19 virus. Their Majesties have everyone whose lives have been affected by this global pandemic in their thoughts and prayers. (Royal photograph taken in February 2020) #RoyalBaby #Bhutan #Prince

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"We are honoured to announce the birth of the second Royal Child of Their Majesties The King and Queen, a Prince, on the 19th of March 2020, corresponding with the 25th day of the 1st month of the Male Iron Rat year, in Lingkana Palace, Thimphu," they wrote.

"Her Majesty and the royal baby are in good health, and His Royal Highness The Gyalsey was delighted to meet his younger brother.

"Their Majesties express their gratitude to the medical team, the Zhung Dratshang and to everyone for their well-wishes and prayers."

Royals fans eager to find out the name of the newborn royal will likely have to wait a bit longer. When the Dragon Prince was born in February 2016, his name was announced two months later in a Buddhist ceremony. Before that, he went by "The Gyalsey," which means "prince" in Dzongkha, the official language of Bhutan.

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The Bhutanese king and queen also used this time to speak out about the coronavirus pandemic.

"While this remains a very happy occasion for the Royal family and the nation and people of Bhutan, Their Majesties wish to remind all Bhutanese to be mindful, responsible and supportive to each other in the wake of the COVID-19 virus," the statement continued.

"Their Majesties have everyone whose lives have been affected by this global pandemic in their thoughts and prayers."

At the time of writing, the World Health Organization reports there have been more than 207,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in 166 countries.

Earlier in the month, Bhutan reported that it had its first case of the coronavirus, thought to be from an American tourist. This number is not currently included in the WHO data. In comparison, Canada has had 569 of the listed COVID-19 cases.

King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema first announced they were expecting their second child on Dec. 17 via Instagram. The king also shared the happy news during a speech on the same day, which marked Bhutan’s 112 th National Day.

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