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When the King of Bhutan cooked at a community school for children

Think Change India
22nd May 2016
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This king leads by example and is not afraid to get his hands dirty. A photo of Bhutan’s king, Jigme Wangchuck, chopping up chilies and onions in order to feed kids at the Community School at Mongar is getting a lot of attention. The photo, which is resonating with so many, shows that The Dragon King, as he’s often called, is equal parts powerful and humble.

Image: The Huffington Post
Image: The Huffington Post

According to The Huffington Post, the popular monarch — who is an Oxford graduate and a fan of basketball and Elvis — married his longtime girlfriend, Jetsun Pema, the daughter of an airline pilot, in 2011 during an intimate ceremony. “I have been waiting for quite some time to get married,” he told a group of reporters at his wedding, The Washington Post reports. “But it doesn’t matter when you get married as long as it is to the right person. I am certain I am married to the right person.”

This year, after the birth of their son, Prince Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck, tens of thousands of people turned up to help celebrate his birth by planting 108,000 tree saplings. The people of Bhutan are mostly Buddhists and trees are symbols of long life, health, beauty and compassion in the religion. The country also takes environmental conservation very seriously, and by law, 60 percent of the country must always be under forest cover. Dasho Karma Raydi, who was one of the volunteers planting tress for the prince’s birth, told the BBC: “We are now nurturing the plants as if we are nurturing the little prince.”

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