Her Majesty the Royal Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck

Bhutan is celebrating the 60th Birth Anniversary of His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck this year.  I have had the privilege of being with this extraordinary Person for the last forty years.  As I look back at the years to relive how this King served his country, it is quite simply incredible, even as I had experienced History at close quarters.

Imagine becoming King at the age of sixteen of a landlocked country which had begun its journey to modernization barely a decade earlier by his father.  Look at the progress Bhutan has made in the 34 years of His Majesty’s Reign. His Majesty had crystal clear vision for his country’s future and steely discipline to work towards realizing his goals.  We, the Bhutanese, are beneficiaries of His Majesty’s selfless hard work and sacrifices, which we must always keep in mind.

As a Guiding Philosopher, Which King put Happiness First for his people?

As a Man of Simple Living, Which King lives in a log cabin?

As the Protector of the Environment, Which King is the “Champion of the Earth”?

As Fearless General, Which King lead his men to battle at the forefront in modern times?

As Father of the Constitution, Which King gave up his powers at his height against great resistance from his people?

Which King indeed… Our King, The Peerless One, Jigme Singye Wangchuck, the Great Fourth of the Land of the Thunder Dragon.

So, as His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck enters His 60th Year, it is with our hearts filled with Deepest and Profound Reverence, that we express our Gratefulness for Everything we have received from our Beloved King.

Like the Rays of the Eternal Sun, may His Majesty’s Noble Deeds Touch and Serve All, now and into the Future.

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