Birthday: Just after midnight, at 12:53 am, two healthy baby girls were born with a cry at the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck national referral hospital. What makes the twins special is that they were born on the same day Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen Jetsun Pema Wangchuck was born.

Along with the twins, three more girls and five boys were born through normal delivery yesterday.

Oblivious to the special occasion of Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen’s 25th birth anniversary were their parents and hospital staff that were involved with the deliveries.

The mother of the twins, Pema Lhamo, 20, looked happy and exhausted at the same time. She underwent caesarean for an hour to give birth to the two girls. The father, who was as young as her, sat next to her with a smile on his face.

The young parents debated what to name their girls while their relatives joked that they should name them Jetsun just like Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen’s name.

“I am happy to give birth to twins on this joyous occasion and my girls are very lucky to be born on the same day as Her Majesty,” Pema Lhamo said.

While Thimphu welcomed 10 healthy babies on Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen’s birthday, Dewathang in Samdrupjongkhar welcomed one baby boy. Phuentsholing hospital welcomed two baby boys who were born through normal birth.

Gelephu hospital ushered one baby girl while Mongar hospital welcomed three girls and two boys, of which one girl were delivered through normal birth and rest through caesaerean.

In Wangdue, one baby girl was born while two healthy boys and two girls also entered this world in Punakha. While Trashigang hospital welcomed one baby boy.

The number of children who will share their Queen’s birthday could increase as five mothers were still undergoing labour waiting to deliver at Paro hospital just as the day came to an end.

By Thinley Zangmo