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King of Bhutan Weds

PUNAKHA, Bhutan — Placing an embroidered silk crown on her head, Bhutan’s “Dragon King” married his longtime girlfriend Thursday in a small, private ceremony mixing Buddhism and medieval tradition, in the heart of a huge monastic fortress in the country’s former capital.

It was a strong reaffirmation of Bhutan’s ancient traditions, of continuity in a time of a change, but also in some ways a symbol of this country’s gradual emergence into the modern world.  More >>>