Let’s pledge to live up to his expectations
As the nation celebrates the 60th birth anniversary of our fourth Druk Gyalpo , people from all walks of life come together as one. The festivity is in the air and various programs are in put in place to mark this historic occasion.
His Majesty the King Jigme Singye Wangchuck was born in the wood sheep year as prophesized by the great treasure finder Terton Drukda Dorji in the 18th century in a place called Wamtang, the former name for Dechenchholing. His Majesty was educated in Bhutan in both traditional studies and Buddhist studies. He attended his schoolings in St. Joseph College in Darjeeiling and went to London to study for a year. After returning back to Bhutan in 1970, His Majesty underwent to study at Ugyen Wangchuck Academy in Paro. Under the guidance of His Majesty the Third Druk Gyalpo His Majesty received trainings from his father on all government matters.
Due to the sudden demise of His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck in 1972, His Majesty becomes the fourth Dragon King in July, 24, 1972. His Majesty was just 16 years old while any ordinary Bhutanese will be graduating from any high schools. He became the youngest monarch in the world to shoulder the daunting responsibility of steering the nation on the path of progress. The formal coronation took place on 2nd June, 1972 where many dignitaries from neighboring countries of India, Bangladesh and Nepal joined the celebration.
The young king in his coronation address pledged to serve the nation and its people with complete dedication and to the best of his ability. His Majesty said: “As far as you, my people, are concerned, you should not adopt the attitude that whatever is required to be done for your welfare will be done entirely by the government. On the contrary, a little effort on your part will be much more effective than a great deal of effort on the part of the government. If the government and people can join hands and work with determination, our people will achieve prosperity and our nation will become strong and stable…If everyone of us consider ourselves Bhutanese, and think and act as one, and if we have faith in the triple gem, our glorious kingdom of Bhutan will grow from strength to strength and achieve prosperity, peace, and happiness.”
As a king, he has always put so much of trust and confidence in his people. He considers his citizens as a true custodian of our tradition and culture and as an ultimate guardian of the sovereignty and the security of the nation.
On His Majesty‘s 60th birth anniversary let pledge to live up to his expectation.