Sanawar invites Bhutan’s newly wed royal couple

Shimla : Lawrence School Sanawar, the alma mater of Bhutan’s new queen in Himachal Pradesh, has invited the newly-wed royal couple to the school, her former teacher said Friday.

The couple will be in India next week on a nine-day official-cum-honeymoon trip.

“We have invited queen Jetsun Pema Wangchuck to visit her alma mater with the king,” Neelam Tahlan, who was Jetsun’s house mistress while she was in the residential Lawrence School in Kasauli hills, she said.

Tahlan, who attended the royal wedding in Bhutan last week, said she spoke to Jetsun on the phone and extended her the invitation on behalf of the school.

“I would love to visit my old school,” Jetsun responded.

Pema tied the knot with the 31-year-old king at a colourful Buddhist ceremony at a 17th century monastery in the ancient capital of Punakha Oct 13.

In New Delhi, Bhutan’s monarch, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, will meet President Pratibha Patil and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

After the talks, the couple will head to Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur in Rajasthan.

This would be Wangchuck’s fourth visit to India since his coronation in November 2008.

Jetsun, 10 years younger to the king, did her higher secondary schooling from Lawrence from 2006 to 2008. She completed her Class 12 in March 2008.

Her younger sister Serchen Doma is still studying here.

Serchen, who left for Bhutan Sep 27 to participate in the fortnight-long wedding celebrations, will return to the school Saturday.


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