The king and queen of Bhutan share first photo of their baby prince

by Chloe Best

King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and his wife Jetsun Pema have released the first photo of their baby boy. In an official photo released by the royal palace, the couple can be seen gazing lovingly at their newborn, who is swaddled in an orange blanket.

They are joined by His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, who cradles the four-day old baby boy on his lap as he sits between the new parents.

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The King and Queen of Bhutan have shared the first photo of their baby son

"Bhutanese families spent a wonderful Losar today, celebrating the day with family and loved ones. To make the day even more special, we have the honour of bringing to you the very first official photograph of His Royal Highness The Gyalsey," a message on King Jigme's official Facebook page read.

"In this delightful Losar Kupar from Lingkana Palace, His Royal Highness The Gyalsey is surrounded by His Majesty The King, His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, and Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen."

The Bhutanese royals welcomed their prince on Friday, and said their "happiness knows no bounds" in a statement announcing the good news.

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The Bhutanese royals welcomed their son on Friday

"Our happiness knows no bounds, as we announce the Royal Birth of His Royal Highness The Gyalsey on 5th February 2016," read a statement posted on the new father's official Facebook page, alongside a photo of him and his wife taken in January.

"Our Prince, the first Royal Child of His Majesty King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Her Majesty Queen Jetsun Pema, was delivered safely at the Lingkana Palace, Thimphu. His Majesty was at Her Majesty's side during the time of the delivery. Following the Royal Birth, His Royal Highness was first presented to His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo.

"Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen and His Royal Highness are both in perfect health."

It was also revealed that "all sacred Bhutanese traditions were observed for the auspicious occasion, with His Holiness the Je Khenpo presiding over the religious ceremonies".

The royal couple, who wed in a fairytale ceremony in 2011, are set to welcome Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge later this year, with Prince George's parents taking an exotic tour of India and Bhutan in the spring.