Bhutan's Dragon Prince Is Growing Up! See the Adorable New Photo of Prince Jigme Namgyel
The photo, taken in the city of Punakha, shows the little royal perched on a railing wearing a robe and knee socks. Behind him is lush vegetation, including a few colorful flowers, and the sun breaking through the clouds.
The image was released as part of the country’s June Calendar, which coincides with the Queen’s birthday on June 4. June also marks the anniversary of the King’s Coronation Day, on June 2.
“We know that seeing His Royal Highness grow up so quickly brings you special happiness, so we hope our June calendar brightens up your month,” Yellow Bhutan said on Instagram.
The King and Queen of Bhutan have been nicknamed the “Will and Kate of the Himalayas,” and gave birth to their first child a few months before Prince William and Kate Middleton paid them a visit in Bhutan in 2016.
As William and Kate are near the ages of the Bhutan royals – who studied in England before taking the throne – their meeting offered the chance to forge new connections between the nations.
The Dragon Prince’s name was revealed a few months after his birth. As is custom in Bhutan, his name was not revealed until after a special Buddhist naming ceremony.
“When the time comes for Gyalsey Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck to serve his country, he must always place the concerns of his country above all else and serve his people justly with great love and dedication,” King Jigme said at a public ceremony. “It will be his sacred responsibility to build a harmonious and just society, and thereby, fulfill all the aspirations of his people. He must live such a life as a good human being and serve his country in a manner that it will be exemplary and worthy of emulation.”