King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck, center left and Queen Jetsun Pema look at each other as they stand during Buddhist blessings prior to their marriage ceremony at the Punakha Dzong, in Punakha, Bhutan, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011. The 31 year-old reformist monarch of the small Himalayan Kingdom wed his commoner bride in a series of ceremonies at the monastic fortress Thursday. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer)
October 14, 2011 5:43:20 AM PDT
By RAVI NESSMAN - Associated Press
PUNAKHA, Bhutan - October 14, 2011 --
The beloved king of the tiny Himalayan nation of Bhutan married his commoner bride Thursday in an ancient Buddhist ceremony at the country's most sacred monastery fortress.