Bhutan's royal couple share first photo of baby prince

Bhutan's royal couple share first photo of baby prince
In this handout photograph released by the Royal Office for Media in Bhutan on February 9, 2016, King Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck (L), his father the former king Jigme Singye Wangchuck, and Queen Jetsun Pema (R) sit with the royal baby Gyalsey at Lingkana Palace in Bhutan.
PHOTO: AFP/ Royal Office for Media

When news first broke that Bhutan's royal couple had welcomed their firstborn on Feb 5, everyone was eager to see the little prince. 

Yesterday (Feb), Queen Jetsun Pema finally revealed the first picture of her son on her Facebook account but even then, you don't get to see the face of the young prince in full view.

In the photo taken at Lingkana Palace to mark the Losar holiday, the prince is surrounded by the royal family.

King Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck could be seen cradling the four-day-old baby, wrapped in an orange blanket, together with the king's father, His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, as his mother looks on lovingly.

"Bhutanese families spent a wonderful Losar today, celebrating the day with family and loved ones," the post read.

"To make the day even more special, we have the honour of bringing to you the very first official photograph of His Royal Highness The Gyalsey."

on Facebook

❦ Bhutanese families spent a wonderful Losar today, celebrating the day with family and loved ones. To make the day...

Posted by Jetsun Pema on Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Losar is the Tibetan New Year and is an important festival in Bhutan that is also celebrated by certain ethnic groups in India and Nepal as well. It lasts for 15 days but the first three days are the most important.

The hugely popular fifth Druk Gyalpo, 35, married Queen Pema in an elaborate fairytale wedding in 2011.

The baby, whose name has yet to be revealed, is the couple's first child.

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