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.