Meet the world's youngest queen, 27-year-old Jetsun Pema of Bhutan

Jetsun Pema, 27, is the world's youngest living queen.

She first took the throne at the age of 21 in 2011, when she married King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck of Bhutan, 31.

The couple — who have a one-year-old son, The Gyalsey — have both previously studied in England, share a love of art, and were once dubbed the "Will and Kate of The Himalayas."

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This is 27-year-old Queen Jetsun Pema, the youngest living queen.

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Jetsun Pema became queen of the kingdom of Bhutan in October 2011, at just 21, when she married 31-year-old King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck of Bhutan, also known as the "Dragon King."

Before taking the throne, the queen attended Regent's College in London, where she studied international relations, psychology, and art history. The couple apparently share a love of art.

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The popular king, also a young monarch, studied at Oxford University.

More than 50,000 Bhutanese citizens attended the final day of wedding celebrations at Changlimithang Stadium in Thimphu.

Their union has been described as a "love marriage," with Pema portrayed as a "commoner" by the secretariat. The Washington Post reported that "in one version of events, the two met at a picnic when she was 7 and he was 17; she reportedly came up to him and gave him a hug."

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However, her family apparently has long-term links with the royals. She is the daughter of a pilot, but her paternal great-grandfather was lord of the eastern province of Tashigang, and her maternal grandfather was the half-brother of the wife of Bhutan's second king, according to The Post.

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She's known for her charity work for organizations like the Bhutan Red Cross Society, Ability Bhutan Society, and Bhutan Kidney Association.

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Despite her royal duties, she appears to be a hands-on mother.

She gave birth to the royal couple's first child, a son named Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck, in February 2016.

The king, who also appears to be an involved father, once told reporters: "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."

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"She is a wonderful human being, intelligent," he told reporters. "She and I share one big thing in common: a love and passion for art."

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In April 2016, the king and queen welcomed the duke and duchess of Cambridge on a royal visit. The Bhutanese royals were once nicknamed "the Will and Kate of the Himalayas."

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They most recently visited New Delhi, India, in October, where their 1-year-old son reportedly melted hearts — and it's not hard to see why.

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Speaking about his wife, the king once told local reporters: "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."

So who is the woman by his side?

Keep scrolling to meet 27-year-old Queen Jetsun Pema, the youngest queen on the planet.

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