Bhutan’s queen preg­nant with first child Thim­phu, Bhutan

Bhutan Times - - Editorial - ( Source : The Straits Times )

The coun­try of Bhutan, fa­mous for be­ing the world’s hap­pi­est coun­try, had even more rea­son to re­joice on Wed­nes­day (Nov 11).

As the coun­try cel­e­brated the king’s fa­ther’s 60th birth­day, the cur­rent King of Bhutan, Jigme Kh­e­sar Nam­gyel Wangchuck, an­nounced that he and his wife are ex­pect­ing a son in Fe­bru­ary next year.

“On this most aus­pi­cious of oc­ca­sions, as we cel­e­brate the 60th Birth An­niver­sary of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo, I am deeply pleased to an­nounce that Jet­sun and I look for­ward to the birth of our son in the com­ing Losar,” the king said.

“As a son, I feel for­tu­nate to of­fer prayers for the well­be­ing of my fa­ther. I take it as a spe­cial bless­ing to also have the op­por­tu­nity to of­fer prayers as a fa­ther, for my son. Since he will carry for­ward our fu­ture, the prince will be a son to all Bhutanese as well,” the king said.

“I con­sider my son ex­tremely for­tu­nate, be­cause he will be born in our blessed coun­try. We owe our good for­tune, our peace, pros­per­ity, and se­cu­rity to His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo,” he added.

The king, also known as the fifth Druk Gyalpo or “Dragon King”, is a con­sti­tu­tional monarch. Al­though he as­sid­u­ously avoids med­dling in pol­i­tics, his in­flu­ence re­mains sub­stan­tial in a coun­try that has long looked to the monar­chy for guidance.

Ed­u­cated at Ox­ford and a fan of bas­ket­ball and Elvis, the king wed his girl­friend of three years, the pho­to­genic but unas­sum­ing Jet­sun Pema, in the coun­try’s old cap­i­tal, Pu­nakha, in 2011.

he queen is the daugh­ter of an air­line pi­lot whose fam­ily has long known the roy­als. Fam­ily friends said it was a love mar­riage for the couple.

The king scan­dalised tra­di­tion­al­ists by kiss­ing his wife on the cheek in pub­lic, as well as hold­ing her hand every­where they went.

Given a li­cence by no less than their king, young Bhutanese in Thim­phu and Paro are no longer fear­ful of such pub­lic dis­plays of af­fec­tion.

On Wed­nes­day, his an­nounce­ment sent Bhutanese so­cial me­dia into over­drive, with many users ex­press­ing good wishes and ex­pres­sions of joy

“It is one of the proud­est mo­ments for Bhutanese when there will be three gen­er­a­tions of the monar­chy present at the same time. History awaits!” Ngawang Nam­gyel, a lec­turer at Jigme Nam­gyel Engi­neer­ing Col­lege, said.

Bhutanese based out of the coun­try were also over­joyed.

“I screamed with ex­cite­ment when His Majesty an­nounced that Their Majesties were soon hav­ing an heir to the throne,” said Cho­ny­ing Wangmo Dorji, 22, who is study­ing in Thai­land.

“I felt like some­one in my fam­ily is hav­ing a baby, a very spe­cial baby in­deed. I can­not wait to see the prince. I wish all the hap­pi­ness to Their Majesties.”

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