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Bhutan's newly wed royal couple returns home

Bhutan's King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck, right, and Queen Jetsun Pema greet locals during a walk in the streets of Thimphu, Bhutan, Friday, Oct. 14, 2011. Thousands of locals lined the streets to greet the 31 year-old reformist monarch of the small Himalayan Kingdom that wed his commoner bride in a series of ceremonies Thursday. Bhutan's King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck, right, and Queen Jetsun Pema greet locals during a walk in the streets of Thimphu, Bhutan, Friday, Oct. 14, 2011. Thousands of locals lined the streets to greet the 31 year-old reformist monarch of the small Himalayan Kingdom that wed his commoner bride in a series of ceremonies Thursday. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer)
October 14, 2011

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THIMPHU, Bhutan—Tens of thousands of well wishers have lined the streets to greet Bhutan's king and his new bride as they returned home a day after their wedding.

King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck married Queen Jetsun Pema in a monastery fortress Thursday in the ancient capital of the tiny Himalayan kingdom.

The couple stopped repeatedly to greet villagers in a daylong procession along mountain roads as they returned to the current capital Friday.

School children waited for hours to give the couple symbolic white scarves.

The wedding captivated a nation that had grown impatient for their 31-year-old king to marry.

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