Take your time to know one another
It was love at first sight for the then 17-year-old prince when he met his future bride (who is 10 years his junior) at a family picnic in 1997, but it wasn’t till much later, after they both got to know each other better, when the couple wed in 2011. The prince famously revealed to students that he proposed by saying, “When you grow up, if I am single and not married and if you are single and not married, I would like you to be my wife, provided we still feel the same.”
Public displays of affection are fine, but keep it classy
The Bhutanese rarely show affection to their better halves in public. The charismatic royal changed all that when he began showing off his new bride to his people, often holding her hand, and speaking of his love publicly.
In a culture where the king’s expected to take several wives, the fifth Dragon King famously declared he would only have one Queen throughout his life and marriage.
Have shared interests
Despite the 10-year age difference, the couple both share a passion for the arts and for the people of Bhutan. In an interview with AFP, the King gushed of his queen: “She is a wonderful human being. Intelligent. She and I share one big thing in common: a love and passion for art.” The couple also skipped the traditional honeymoon after their wedding, preferring instead, to work right after. “We start working right after the day we were married,” he said. “And if we travel, we’ll travel around the country. We like to meet more people.”