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Excitement builds up over Bhutan’s royal wedding

AFP, THIMPHU

Her future role is likely to be doing charity work and, it is hoped, looking after the heir to the throne once the couple have children.

Since the advent of democracy in 2008, the king has a largely symbolic position, occasionally giving advice to the government on constitutional matters but steering well clear of the daily acts of governance. The Elvis fan and keen mountain-biker, who has vowed to help shield his people from globalization, is known to invite citizens round to his modest cottage in the capital, where he listens to their problems and fears.

He is one of 10 siblings born to the former king and his four wives, who are all sisters.

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