Even as the world is struggling to contain the novel coronavirus pandemic, the King's family in Bhutan is celebrating a new royal baby. Queen Jetsun Pema gave birth to a boy on March 19 in Lingkana Palace in Thimphu. The young prince's name has yet to be announced, and likely won't for several weeks. (Notably, the name of his older brother, Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck, wasn't shared publicly for more than two months after his birth.)
“Her Majesty and the royal baby are in good health, and His Royal Highness The Gyalsey was delighted to meet his younger brother,” reads a statement from the new family of four. “Their Majesties express their gratitude to the medical team, the Zhung Dratshang and to everyone for their well-wishes and prayers.”
The royals also acknowledged that while this is a happy moment for their family, it is a difficult time for the world as COVID-19 continues to spread. Thus far, Bhutan has just one confirmed case of the virus.
"While this remains a very happy occasion for the Royal family and the nation and people of Bhutan, Their Majesties wish to remind all Bhutanese to be mindful, responsible and supportive to each other in the wake of the COVID-19 virus," continues the statement.
"Their Majesties have everyone whose lives have been affected by this global pandemic in their thoughts and prayers."
King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema have yet to share a photo of their newborn son publicly, but the did post a photo with their 4-year-old son, Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck, which was taken back in February to accompany the announcement. See that picture here:
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