A King in the ser­vice of his peo­ple

Bhutan Times - - Front Page - Deki Lhadon

As we cel­e­brate the 36th Birth­day of His Majesty the King peo­ple from all walks come to­gether to pay the re­spects for their great King. His Majesty The King has been a source of con­stant in­spi­ra­tion and the ul­ti­mate pro­tec­tor.

Hav­ing stud­ied in Lungten­zampa and Yangchen­phu in Bhutan, His Majesty grad­u­ated from the Cush­ing Academy and the Wheaton Col­lege in USA. His Majesty then con­tin­ued his education in Mag­dalen Col­lege and Ox­ford Univer­sity and com­peted with M. Phil pro­gram in Pol­i­tics from the Ox­ford Univer­sity.

His Majesty of­fi­cially as­sumed the post of Ch­hoetse Pen­lop on Oc­to­ber 21, 2004 by re­ceiv­ing the dhar and seal of the Ch­hoetse Pen­lop from His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo in the Throne room at the Tashi cho dzong. The ac­count of ap­point­ment of Tongsa Pen­lop dates back to 1640’s when Zhadrung Nawang Namgel ap­pointed Ch­hoje MIn­jur Tempa as his rep­re­senta- tive in Trongsa.

The world wit­nessed the joy­ous and his­tor­i­cal event on 1st Novem­ber, 2008 with the corona­tion of the His Majesty The King as the Fifth Dragon King by re­ceived the Dhar Nya from the sa­cred al­ter of the Machen Lhakhang in Pu­nakha Dzong . On the 6th of Novem­ber, 2008 His Majesty The Fourth Druk Gyalpo Jigme Singye Wangchuck in the spe­cial cer­e­mony of­fered the Raven Crown and aus­pi­cious scarves con­vey­ing good wishes and en­sures unity and har­mony among the peo­ple.

In May 2011 His Majesty an­nounced to the whole peo­ple of Bhutan about the Royal wed­ding and in Oc­to­ber 2011 the royal wed­ding took place in the Machen Lhakhang in Pu­nakha Dzong with com­bi­na­tion of mind, spirit and body and the sa­cred union of His Majesty Jigme Kh­e­sar Nam­gyel Wangchuck and Her Majesty The Gyalt­suen Jet­sun Pema on 12th Oc­to­ber, 2011 which was cel­e­brated with the peo­ple all over Bhutan for three days in the cap­i­tal city.

His Majesty the King while ad­dress­ing the na­tion dur­ing the 60th birth an­niver­sary of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo an­nounced that Their Majesties the King and Her Majesty The Gyalt­suen are look­ing for­ward for the birth of a Royal Prince in Losar this year. “I con­sider my son ex­tremely for­tu­nate , be­cause he will be born in our blessed coun­try “His Majesty The King an­nounced

As soon as the an-

nounce­ment was made peo­ple made a huge ap­plause from the crowd. The whole na­tion was filled with joy and ex­cite­ment as His Majesty The King an­nounced about the ar­rival of the Royal Prince. The per­son most an­tic­i­pated chap­ter in the his­tory has been un­fold and is was the most his­toric mo­ment as the past, present and fu­ture of Bhutan was to­gether.

The na­tion re­joiced the birth of His Royal High­ness The Gyalsey in the morn­ing of 6th Fe­bru­ary, 2016. Shar­ing the joy of the Bhutanese peo­ple, His Ho­li­ness the Je Khenpo ex­plained the ex­tra­or­di­nary ten­drel un­der which His Royal High­ness The Gyalsey was born. His Ho­li­ness the Je Khenpo presided over sa­cred cer­e­monies in Tashich­hod­zong, Thim­phu, and kurims (religious cer­e­monies) are be­ing con­ducted by the Zhung Drat­shang (Cen­tral Monk Body) and clergy in all the Dzongs and im­por­tant lhakhangs across the coun­try.

The Prime Min­is­ter an­nounced a hol­i­day to cel­e­brate the Royal Birth. The his­toric Druk­gyel Dzong in Paro will be re­stored to its for­mer glory to com­mem­o­rate the cel­e­bra­tions. The Sal­hang cer­e­mony for the dzong was con­ducted on the same day. The na­tion came to­gether as one and cel­e­brated the birth of son of Bhutan.

His Majesty The King dur­ing his corona­tion ad­dress in Nov, 2008 has said “Through­out my reign I will never rule you as a King. I will pro­tect you as a par­ent, care for you as a brother and serve you as a son. I shall give you ev­ery­thing and keep noth­ing; I shall live such a life as a good hu­man be­ing that you may find it wor­thy to serve as an ex­am­ple for your chil­dren; I have no per­sonal goals other than to ful­fill your hopes and as­pi­ra­tions. I shall al­ways serve you, day and night, in the spirit of kind­ness, jus­tice and equal­ity. As the king of a Bud­dhist na­tion, my duty is not only to en­sure your hap­pi­ness to­day but to cre­ate the fer­tile ground from which you may gain the fruits of spir­i­tual pur­suit and at­tain good Karma.”

This clearly shows his self­less and the love for his peo­ple and the coun­try and The King has al­ways proved to be the true Dharma King.

His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Gyalt­suen with His Royal High­ness The Gyalsey, at Lingkana palace.

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