A sym­bol of na­tional unity

Bhutan Times - - Editorial -

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.

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