King Jigme Khesar and Queen Jetsun Pema announced their second son’s arrival on Thursday, 19 March 2020, via social media. 

King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, Queen Jetsun Puma and their son, The Gyalsey, in February 2020. Photo: Facebook/His Majesty King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck

They already have one son, Prince Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck, known as the Gyalsey (the Dragon Prince), who was born on 5 February 2016.

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.

So far, no details about the baby’s weight and length have been announced.

However, the baby’s name will not be revealed, according to royal traditions, until the special Buddhist naming ceremony takes place, months after his birth.

The King and the Queen announced they were expecting their second child on Bhutan’s National Day on 18 December 2019.

Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Puma, known as ‘the William and Kate of the Himalayas’, married in 2011.

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