The King and Queen of Bhutan share 'profound joy' as they welcome baby boy

Julie Delahaye

King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and his wife Jetsun Pema have revealed their "happiness knows no bounds" after welcoming a baby boy on Friday. The King shared the happy news with a touching statement in which he added that both mother and baby are "in perfect health".

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The King and Queen of Bhutan have welcomed a baby boy

"Our happiness knows no bounds, as we announce the Royal Birth of His Royal Highness The Gyalsey on 5th February 2016," read a statement posted on the new father's official Facebook page, alongside a photo of him and his wife taken in January.

"Our Prince, the first Royal Child of His Majesty King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Her Majesty Queen Jetsun Pema, was delivered safely at the Lingkana Palace, Thimphu. His Majesty was at Her Majesty's side during the time of the delivery. Following the Royal Birth, His Royal Highness was first presented to His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo.

"Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen and His Royal Highness are both in perfect health."

It was also revealed that "all sacred Bhutanese traditions were observed for the auspicious occasion, with His Holiness the Je Khenpo presiding over the religious ceremonies".

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This is the couple's first child

This marks the first child for King Jigme and Queen Jetsun, and as they celebrated the joyful news, the happy couple also took to the time to thank both the medical staff who helped in the delivery, as well as royal well-wishers across the nation who had performed ceremonies to pray for the baby's good health.

"Their Majesties and members of the Royal family are filled with profound joy on the birth of His Royal Highness," continued the statement. "Their Majesties expressed appreciation to the Bhutanese medical team for their service.

"Their Majesties also expressed heartfelt gratitude to the Zhung Dratshang, Rabdeys, and other religious organizations who performed prayer ceremonies in all the Dzongs and Lhakhangs across the country for the wellbeing of His Royal Highness, Their Majesties, and the people of Bhutan.

"We join the people of Bhutan in our heartfelt prayers for the wellbeing of Her Majesty and His Royal Highness, and in the expression of our joy on this momentous occasion."

The royal couple, who wed in a fairytale ceremony in 2011, are set to welcome Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge later this year, with Prince George's parents taking an exotic tour of India and Bhutan in the spring.

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