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Meet the World's Youngest Queen

Queen Jetsun Pema of Bhutan became a monarch when she was just 21 years old.
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With Prince Harry's engagement to Meghan Markle, the British royal family has captured the world's attention once again. And while Duchess Kate's husband will one day take the throne, it could be some time before Prince William is a monarch. Which is why you need to know more about the world's youngest queen, Her Majesty (Druk Gyaltsuen) Jetsun Pema Wangchuck.

She's the youngest living queen.

Queen Jetsun Pema of Bhutan took the throne when she was just 21 years old. Now 27, she is the youngest living queen.

She studied in England before getting married.

Prior to getting married, the Queen studied international relations with psychology and art history at Regent's College in London, England. Upon the completion of her studies, Pema returned to Bhutan where it was announced she was to marry His Majesty (Druk Gyalpo) Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, known as the Dragon King.

The King waited to get married.

Of the Queen, the King said (via InStyle), "I have been waiting for quite some time to get married. But it doesn’t matter when you get married as long as it is to the right person. I am certain I am married to the right person."

The Queen gave birth to a son.

In February 2016, she gave birth to The Druk Gyalsey, Prince Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck. 

She's a philanthropist.

Queen Pema is Patron of the Royal Society for Protection of Nature. She also works with a variety of charitable organizations, including Ability Bhutan Society, Bhutan Kidney Association, and the Bhutan Red Cross Society.

3 December 2016: Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen graced the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. A DVD created by Wangsel Institute under Drukgyel Central School, Paro was launched at the event. The DVD provides communication support to families and service providers of young deaf children and contains over 300 signs, incorporating Bhutanese sign language. The chairperson of Ability Bhutan Society (ABS), Dasho Kunzang Wangdi, in the opening address highlighted the various disabled person’s organizations in Bhutan that include Ability Bhutan Society, Tarayana Foundation, Disabled Person’s Association of Bhutan, Draktsho and Bussi-En. He stressed on the importance of creating public awareness on disabilities and the continued efforts of the NGO’s with relevant agencies of the Royal Government to foster an inclusive and enabling society. Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen is the Royal Patron of the Ability Bhutan Society. ABS provides multidisciplinary services to children with moderate to severe disabilities. #HerMajesty #Gyaltsuen #QueenJetsunPema #RoyalPatron #ABS #TarayanaFoundation #DPAB #Draktsho #Bussi-En #Bhutan #Japan #Thimphu #idpwd2016

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From: Harper's BAZAAR US

*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com
*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors

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