There’s a new royal in town and no, we aren’t talking about Meghan Markle. 

In 2011, while the rest of the world (read mainstream media) was busy paying attention to the comings and goings of the British royal family, the Kingdom of Bhutan named a new queen: Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen Jetsun Pema Wangchuck.

She's just 27 years old, making her the world's youngest living queen. In comparison, Queen Elizabeth II is 91 years old and has been on the British throne since 1952, making her the longest-serving monarch in the world.

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At 27, Queen Jetsun is the world's youngest living queen (Instagram)
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Queen Jetsun was just 21 when she first took the throne in 2011, the year she got married (Instagram)

Queen Jetsun was just 21 when she first took the throne in 2011, the year she married King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck of Bhutan, who has been given the awesome moniker of "Dragon King". He had dated Queen Jetsun's cousin while studying at Oxford (awkward) but everything seems calm between them about it.

The royal couple have both previously studied in England, and were once dubbed the “Will and Kate of The Himalayas”. They not only married in the same year as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the ‘it’ couple is also easy on the eyes.

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The royal couple with their son Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck (Instagram)

They had their first child, Jigme Namygyel Wangchuck, in February 2016 and, to be honest, he's already giving Prince George a run for his money in the Royal Baby cuteness stakes. 

Queen Jetsun with her son (Instagram)

The royal child, Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck (Instagram)

Of his wife, the king had once told reporters: “I have been waiting for quite some time to get married. 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.”

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Prince William and Duke of Cambridge and Catherine pose with King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pem at a ceremonial welcome and audience at TashichhoDong on April 14, 2016 in Thimphu, Bhutan. (Photo by Bhutan Royal Office via Getty Images)

According to the Washington Post, Queen Jetsun is the daughter of a pilot. However, her family apparently has long-term links with the royals. Her paternal great-grandfather was lord of the eastern province of Tashigang. Meanwhile her maternal grandfather was the half-brother of the wife of Bhutan’s second king. The landlocked Southern Asian nation, located on the eastern edge of the Himalayas, covers an area of about 38,394 square km, and has a population of 811,597.

An art lover

Beyond her personal life, Jetsun is said to be an art lover, which she gained an appreciation of while studying in India. According to Travel and Leisure, Queen Jetsun is “passionate about fine arts and painting.”

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Queen Jetsun is known for her flaweless skin (Pinterest)

She first learned to love art while studying at a private boarding school in India. There, she studied English, history, economics, geography, and painting, according to her official biography. She then went on to study Psychology and Art History at Regent’s University in London.

A fashion icon for millions

Queen Jetsun is extremely stylish. She is seen sporting vibrant, traditional clothes when attending events in her country. Her natural beauty, flawless skin and elegance complements her colourful traditional outfits.

Queen Jetsun's natural beauty, flawless skin and elegance complements her colourful traditional outfits (Instagram)

Accordong to InStyle, Jetsun often wears bright and traditional Bhutanese clothing but with “a touch of modern style.”

Queen Jetsun in Kate's favourite nude court shoes, which she teamed with a black coat on an official visit to Japan. (Facebook)

She has often been praised by royal fans for her striking beauty, turning heads with effortlessly glamorous hair and make-up. She often switches into Western-style outfits. Known as the Queen of The People, people admire her elegance and beauty.

 Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (2R) and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (R) greet King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk (2L) and Queen Jetsun Pema Wangchuk of Bhutan (L) at Clarence House on November 23, 2011 in London. (Photo by Stefan Rousseau-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge with Queen Jetsun Pema Wangchuck in Paro, Bhutan on April 14, 2016 (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

One her visit to the UK she looked smart and polished in a monochrome pencil skirt and black and grey blazer—accessorised with patent pumps and a Chanel handbag. She's also been spotted in Kate's favourite nude court shoes, which she teamed with a black coat on an official visit to Japan.

She is social media savvy and has an active presence on Instagram where she shares pictures and snippets from her life. She has more than 62,000 followers on her Instagram account.

A symbol of change and modernity

The king was so captivated by her beauty and poise that he renounced his right to take multiple wives (Facebook)

Queen Jetsun is a symbol of change and modernity in her country. The king was so captivated by her beauty and poise that he renounced his right to take multiple wives. As part of the country's bid to modernise, the new king has called time on Bhutan's traditional form of polygamy, in which a man marries a set of sisters rather than just one woman, a 2011 report in the Guardian said. When the engagement was announced, the king announced this bride would be his only wife. The wedding was attended by all four "Queen Mothers", the sisters to whom the king's father is married. 

Bhutanese workers carry a portrait of the King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, and future Queen of Bhutan Ashi Jetsun Pema Wangchuck as Bhutan prepares for the royal wedding on October 12, 2011, in Thimphu, Bhutan. (Photo by Paula Bronstein /Getty Images)

Born in Thimphu, Jetsun spent her early years being educated close to home before attending boarding school in India where she proved to be a sporty student. She enjoyed playing basketball and captained a school team, and her other hobbies included fine art and painting, as well as taking part in school bands and dance programmes. Jestun also won prizes for public speaking, and is fluent in Hindi and English—as well as Dzongkha, the national language of Bhutan—but was always modest despite her accomplishments, according to the Daily Mail.

How the king proposed

According to media reports, Jetsun's very first meeting with the future king of Bhutan happened during a family picnic in the capital Thimphu when she was just seven years old and the prince was 17.

Enjoying a bike ride (Instagram)

He told a group of students before their wedding that he'd been so moved by her beauty and inner goodness, that he'd got down on his knees and said: "When you grow up, if I am single and not married and if you are single and not married, I would like you to be my wife, provided we still feel the same." 

Jetsun, 21, was still a student herself when her engagement to King Jigme Khesar was announced in May 2011. (Instagram)

Jetsun, 21, was still a student herself when her engagement to King Jigme Khesar was announced in May 2011.

He had been ruling since the abdication of his father, King Jigme Singye Wangchuk, abdicated in 2006. The monarch, who had previously held absolute power, had decided to step down in order to pave the way for democracy and a constitutional monarchy.

Queen Jetsun (Instagram) 

The fairy-tale romance

Jetsun's family connections and resources allowed her to study in the UK, where she began her degree in international relations with psychology and art history at Regent's University. But her studies were cut short when, at the age of 21, her engagement to the King of Bhutan was announced, according to the Daily Mail. The report also claimed that they were dating for more than three years before the King proposed.

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The couple was dating for more than three years before the King proposed (Getty Images)

Their relationship raised eyebrows as it was a love match rather than a traditionally arranged marriage. Breaking with protocol, the couple also lived together for a time before they tied the knot, the report claimed.

Of his wife, the King said: "While she is young, she is warm and kind in heart and character. These qualities together with the wisdom that will come with age and experience will make her a great servant to the nation.

The royal family (Instagram)

"She is a kind-hearted girl who is very supportive and whom I can trust. I don't know what my people will say about her, but I find her complete with all the qualities a woman needs to have."

The grand wedding

The couple's wedding took place in the same year as William and Kate's. They married in a five-hour Buddhist ceremony in a 17th century fortress, with the young bride wearing a traditional wraparound skirt and ornate shoes, surrounded by red-robed monks. Her wedding crown was also made from material rather than gold and diamonds, according to the Daily Mail

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The royal wedding (Getty Images)

Her groom came down from his throne to meet her, wearing the red Raven Crown which symbolises his role as 'the people's protector'. He honoured his wife with a silk brocade crown, depicting two Ja Tsherings or Phoenix birds to symbolise the blissful relationship between the two, as he proclaimed her the new Queen of Bhutan.

Public displays of affection between couples are not common in Bhutan. But as he presented his new bride to 30,000 spectators at Changlimithang Stadium the King asked the crowds if they would like to see them kiss.

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King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck kisses his bride on her cheek at ChangLeme Thang on October 15, 2011 in Thimphu, Bhutan. (Photo by Paula Bronstein /Getty Images)

He delighted onlookers by giving his new wife a peck on the cheek. The monarch, then 31, asked if he should go one step further and the excited crowd replied with a resounding 'yes'. He leaned over to kiss his nervous-looking bride on the lips. The display of affection wasn't the King's only break from tradition.  

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King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck kisses Queen Ashi Jetsun Pema Wangchuck at the Chang Lime Thang stadium on October 15, 2011 in Thimphu, Bhutan. (Photo by Triston Yeo/Getty Images)

Charitable work

Queen Jetsun is a philanthropist and known for her charitable work. She is a Patron of the Royal Society for Protection of Nature, aside working with organisations like Ability Bhutan Society, Bhutan Kidney Association, and the Bhutan Red Cross Society. The King once reportedly praised his wife saying, “She is a wonderful human being, intelligent. She and I share one big thing in common: a love and passion for art.” 

Queen Jetsun is a philanthropist and known for her charitable work (Instagram)

In November 2017, Queen Jetsun launched the "Bhutan for Life" initiative, a joint initiative of the Royal Government of Bhutan and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), which is a strategic and long-term solution to ensure that Bhutan remains economically and environmentally sustainable forever.

Queen Jetsun (Instagram)

Bhutan is known as an ecological hotspot, and the Bhutanese are advocates of Mother Nature seeing as their commitment to conservation is bigger than the country itself. She also supports cottage-based entrepreneurs and the rural economy.

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