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National Day 2006 – The 5th King’s first public address

Addressing the nation on the auspicious occasion of the National Day of Bhutan, I find myself at a loss of words. For 34 years, His Majesty the King has been the heart and essence of the nation, her King and guardian, our parent and inspiration.

The immense achievements of His Majesty including the legacy of a sound democratic constitutional monarchy are milestones not only in the history of our small kingdom, but of the world.

I believe this momentous occasion is a time for reflection. For deep in our hearts as Bhutanese citizens, we will be able to see beyond the pain of His Majesty’s selfless act, and find that this special nation built by His Majesty, is left to none other than the people of Bhutan. Such devolution is a source of great optimism for our future. For I share His Majesty’s complete faith in the people and I believe that we will, as His Majesty has bestowed today, leave to our own children such a gift in 30 years.

To our parents, elders and many generations of Bhutanese I offer my deep gratitude for your loyality to His Majesty the King, my father.

To our youth, I say, that as leaders of the future you will find in His Majesty’s reign the inspiration, motivation and example for our own road ahead.

Henceforth, our responsibilities will always be first and foremost, the peace and tranquility of the nation; the sovereignty and security of our country; the fulfilling of the vision of Gross National Happiness and; the strengthening of this new system of democracy.

To fulfill these aspirations, in this age, we must first build a strong and dynamic economy. And in doing so we must remember that as a landlocked nation with a small population, it is vital that whatever we do, we work harder and do it better than other nations. For our small kingdom, excellence must be the only standard.

I pray for the continued peace and prosperity of this nation of ours – blessed by the Guru Padmasambhava and our Guardian Deities and founded on the vision and legacy of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and His Majesty the King Jigme Singye Wangchuck.


#1 1907 to 2007 - Bhutan through 100 years | Bhutan, 2008 and beyond on 12.18.07 at 1:40 pm

[…] The Fifth King made his first public address as the King of Bhutan at the Changlimithang ground on December 17, 2006. The King said that his responsibilities, first and foremost, would be to safeguard and strengthen the peace and tranquility of the nation; the sovereignty and security of the country; fulfill the vision of Gross National Happiness and; strengthen the new system of democracy. The King said that these aspirations can be fulfilled by building a strong and dynamic economy with each and every Bhutanese striving for excellence in all their endeavors. […]

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#3 Sonam Dorji From College of education on 10.17.08 at 2:26 am

i appreciate your highglight on being role to our citizens of the nation.