Bhutan crowns new king

November 6th, 2008 - 10:38 am ICT by IANS  

Pratibha PatilThimpu, Nov 6 (IANS) Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck Thursday became the world’s youngest reigning monarch as he was adorned with Bhutan’s traditional Raven Crown at an ornate coronation ceremony here.Sounds of giant gongs and Buddhist hymns echoed the white-walled Golden Throne Room at Tashichhodzong, a fortress that is now the seat of the government, as the fourth king Jigme Singye Wangchuck handed over the crown to his eldest son at 8.31 a.m. (8.11 a.m. IST).

The coronation ceremony of the Oxford educated 28-year-old was attended by a host of foreign dignitaries, including Indian President Pratibha Patil and Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

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