A King in the service of his people
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.