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Poll: Has the Bhutani Queen's bridal upstaged Kate, Charlene?

Last updated on: October 13, 2011 20:15 IST

Poll: Has the new Bhutani Queen's bridal upstaged Kate, Charlene?

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King of Bhutan Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck married his childhood sweetheart Jetsun Pema at the Punakha Dzong in Punakha, Bhutan, today -- and the new queen looked ravishing! Do you think her traditional bridal was prettier than Kate and Charlene's?

We do things differently this side of the world.

When she married her Prince Charming (or King, if you will!), the new Queen of Bhutan Jetsun Pema could have opted for a high-end designer from anywhere across the world to work on her trousseau.

But keeping things traditional, she opted instead for an elaborate 'kira', the national dress of Bhutanese women.

The build-up to D-day saw several prominent weavers from across the country -- some of whom have been creating garments for the royal household over generations -- work furiously at providing their new royal with nothing but the best.

Woven from raw silk, one kira can take months to complete and the one Queen Jetsun selected certainly had her looking like a vision today as she took her place beside King Jigme.

Do you think she managed to outdo her counterparts Princess Charlene of Monaco and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, who also entered into royalty in weddings earlier this year?

Move on to the next slide and register your votes on the last page of the slideshow.


Image: King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema pose for pictures after their marriage at the Punkaha Dzong in Bhutan's ancient capital Punakha on October 13, 2011
Photographs: Adrees Latif/Reuters
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Princess Charlene of Monaco

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For her nuptials in July, the beautiful South African-born Charlene chose a striking boat neck gown by Giorgio Armani from the Prive line.

It is believed that the couturier's team worked for over 2,500 hours to create Charlene's dream dress, made of more than 140 yards of different silks and embellished with 40,000 Swarovski crystals and 20,000 mother of pearl beads, complete with six-yard-long train.

Looks like all the effort paid off, though -- it showed off her statuesque frame to perfection!

Move on to the next slide and register your votes on the last page of the slideshow.


Image: Princess Charlene of Monaco attends her religious ceremony of the Royal Wedding to husband Prince Albert II of Monaco in the main courtyard at the Prince's Palace on July 2, 2011
Photographs: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images
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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

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And of course, who can forget the most-hyped wedding gown of the year!

Kept top secret till the nth hour, Kate Middleton's Alexander McQueen dress, designed by Sarah Burton, was a beautiful affair with lace sleeves and trim that moved into a modest 'V'-neck.

French Chantilly lace and English Cluny lace adorned the bodice, skirt and underskirt and the gown was trimmed with hand-embroidered flowers.

It was complemented by a silk tulle veil, train of two metres and crowned with a Cartier 'halo' tiara, which the Queen lent her granddaughter-in-law for the occasion.

Move on to the next slide and register your votes.


Image: Kate Middleton arrives ahead of her wedding at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England
Photographs: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images
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So who do you think wore the prettiest royal wedding gown? Let us know by taking the poll below!


Image: Vote for the prettiest royal wedding gown!

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