Royal baby on the way! The King and Queen of Bhutan are expecting their second child

By Zach Harper

Huge congratulations are in order for King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema of Bhutan, who are expecting their second child next spring!

On Dec. 17, the King revealed Jetsun’s pregnancy during a speech to mark Bhutan’s 112 th National Day, and the couple also officially announced the happy news on their Instagram account.

This means their son Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck, also known as the Dragon Prince, will have a younger sibling! He was born in February 2016, and if his younger sibling’s birth is the same, we likely won’t know the new royal baby’s name until a few months after they are welcomed into the world. The Bhutanese prince’s name was announced in a Buddhist ceremony two months after he was born. Before that he went by The Gyalsey, which means “prince” in Dzongkha, the official language of Bhutan.

“When the time comes for Gyalsey Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck to serve his country, he must always place the concerns of his country above all else and serve his people justly with great love and dedication,” the King said at the naming ceremony. “It will be his sacred responsibility to build a harmonious and just society, and thereby fulfill all the aspirations of his people. He must live such a life as a good human being and serve his country in a manner that will be exemplary and worthy of emulation.”

Duchess Kate and Prince William visited the Bhutan royals on their official tour of the country in 2016. Photo: © Bhutan Royal Office via Getty Images

If the couple’s second child is a girl, she could end up being displaced in the line of succession if the royal couple have a younger son. That was the case in the UK, too, until 2013, when a change to the Succession to the Crown Act replaced male primogeniture with absolute primogeniture, meaning Princess Charlotte remained fourth in line for the throne when her younger brother Prince Louis was born in 2018.

King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Jetsun Pema married in October 2011. Jigme had been King for nearly five years at that point, following his father Jigme Singye Wangchuck’s abdication that year. That said, the new King wasn’t officially crowned until 2008.

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