King Jigme and his bride
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Bhutan's King Jigme weds in colourful ceremony

Bhutan's King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk has married his commoner bride in a lavish ceremony at a monastic fortress in the Himalayan nation.

King Jigme is widely revered in the remote kingdom of some 700,000 people.

Celebrations, which were broadcast live on state television, began at 0820 local time (0220 GMT) - a moment deemed auspicious by royal astrologers.

Peter Biles reports.

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