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Tiny kingdom of Bhutan prepares for royal wedding

The tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan is preparing for the marriage of its beloved fifth Dragon King.
/ Source: The Associated Press

The tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan is preparing for the marriage of its beloved fifth Dragon King.

Children have composed poems of joy, flight attendants and bank clerks are practicing celebratory dances, and the airwaves are flooded with wedding fever.

The wedding Thursday will unite the country's 31-year-old king, Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck, with 21-year-old Jetsun Pema in a traditional Bhutanese ceremony in the ancient capital of Ponakha.

The king is adored for pushing development and ushering in democratic reforms. Many of his subjects hope his marriage will quickly lead to the arrival of a new heir.