A symbol of national unity
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 was born on this day in 1980 to His Majesty The King Jigme Singye Wangchuck and Her Majesty The Queen Mother Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck.
Having completed his formal education in institutions at home and abroad, on October 21, 2004, His Royal Highness received dhar (scarf) and Seal of the revered historical position of Chhoetse Penlop from the Fourth King in the Throne Room of Tashichhodzong, Thimphu.
In 2008 our Fourth King shocked the nation by announcing that he was stepping down in short period of time from The Golden Throne. His Majesty The Fourth Druk Gyalpo also explained that, as it was a necessary and important for a King to gain as much experience as possible to serve his country to his fullest capacity, the responsible of Throne should be delegated to the Chhoetse Penlop before 2008.
His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo also remained the people that the Constitution was being introduced with the highest importance being given to establishing a new political system that would ensure the security and sovereignty of the nation and the interest and Kidu of the people.
The uniqueness and the unprecedented nature of the introduction of democracy in Bhutan were symbolized in the word of His Majesty The King as he signed the constitution. “Today, through this, my Hand and Seal, I affix on to the Constitution of the Kingdom of Bhutan, the hopes and prayers of my people.”
On the November 1, 2008 His Majesty Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, the Fifth hereditary King of Bhutan received the Dar Na Nga at the sacred Machhen Lhakhang in Punakha which was received by all Monarchs of Wangchuck dynasty.
On the November 6 The Fourth Druk Gyalpo offered the Raven Crown to His Royal Highness, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck. It was overwhelming moment for Bhutanese when the past, present and future merged.
The strong message was conveyed that the strength of the Bhutanese system is drawn from the fidelity between the Monarch and the people. This bond grew stronger than ever as His Majesty The King chose to be with the people on his Coronation. As the strong bond between the Kings and the subjects reached heights, there will be unprecedented peace and happiness.
Our country has always been blessed with the birth of the great successive Wangchuck Kings with unmatched compassion, characteristics, charisma, foresight and dynamism. We join the nation in offering our good wishes and offer humble prayers for the good health, enduring peace and happiness of Their Majesties the King and the Gyaltsuen and to His Royal Highness the Gyalsey.