Bhutanese royals celebrate Central Monk Body’s founding

The Bhutanese Royal Family has marked the 400th anniversary of the Central Monk Body’s founding with a prayer ceremony.

The royals marked the day, which falls on 11 May, at Punakha Dzong. King Jigme Khesar, Queen Jetsun Pema, Crown Prince Jigme Namgyel and Prince Ugyen Wangchuck were in attendance. They were joined by emeritus King Jigme Singye Wangchuck and other members of the Royal Family.

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Chief Abbot and head of the Central Monk Body of Bhutan, His Holiness the Je Khenpo, led the prayers.

The Royal Office for Media in Bhutan released several images to the media after the ceremony, with the two young princes showing off their sweet brotherly bond. There’s another photo representing the past and future of the Bhutanese monarchy with King Jigme Singye Wangchuck pictured with his hands around his grandson, Crown Prince Jigme Namgyel’s shoulders.

The 11 May anniversary honours Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, the founder of the Bhutanese nation.