The House of Windsor is undoubtedly the most well-known royal family – Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding back in 2011 had the whole world enthralled, and it looks like it will be the same for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s upcoming nuptials.
But Asia also has its share of down-to-earth royal couples that are admired and respected. Here are some of our favorites!
King Khesar and Queen Jetsun of Bhutan
The King and Queen of Bhutan were married in 2011. The charismatic couple is known for their philanthropic work, advocating various issues from the environment to education.
When announcing his engagement to Jetsun Pema, the King said:
For the Queen, what is most important is that at all times, as an individual she must be a good human being, and as Queen, she must be unwavering in her commitment to serve the People and Country. As my queen, I have found such a person and her name is Jetsun Pema.
Cue a collective “awwwww”. Their son, the adorable Prince Namgyel, was born in 2016.
Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako of Japan
Prince Naruhito first met Masako Owada in 1986, while both were studying in university – he at Oxford University and she at the University of Tokyo. It is said that the prince was immediately captivated by her.
After six years of courtship (and three attempts at proposing!), the couple were married in 1993. They have one daughter, Princess Aiko, born in 2001.
Sultan Nazrin Shah and Tuanku Zara Salim of Perak
Zara Salim Davidson married Sultan Nazrin of Perak in 2007, thus taking one of Malaysia’s most eligible bachelors at the time off the market. Prior to their marriage, Sultan Nazrin and Tuanku Zara had known each other for eight years.
Tuanku Zara, who is a member of the Kedah royal family, is a chemical engineer by training and headed an oil and gas consultancy firm based in Kuala Lumpur before marrying Sultan Nazrin. The couple have two children, Raja Azlan and Raja Nazira.
Yamtuan Besar Tuanku Muhriz and Tuanku Aishah Rohani of Negeri Sembilan
Tuanku Muhriz and Tuanku Aishah, who is of Terengganu royal lineage, met while working for the same bank and got married in 1974. The couple is highly-regarded for being humble and preferring to keep a low profile.
Their sons, Tunku Ali Redhauddin and Tunku Zain ‘Abidin, have been called Malaysia’s own version of Prince William and Prince Harry. Sadly, their youngest son, Tunku Alif Hussein, passed away in 2016.
Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin and Sultanah Nur Zahirah of Terengganu
Born Rozita binti Adil Bakeri, Sultanah Nur Zahirah married Sultan Mizan (then the Crown Prince of Terengganu) in 1996. She was accorded the title of Sultanah in 2006 and served as Malaysia’s Queen Consort from 2006 to 2011 during Sultan Mizan’s tenure as the 13th King of Malaysia.
Besides being active in humanitarian work, the Sultan and Sultanah are avid equestrians. It’s said that the Sultanah is the Sultan’s number one supporter when he takes part in races – even royals are proud wives and husbands! The couple have four children.
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