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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.

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The Royal Decree announcing the 5th King of Bhutan

The Royal Kasho of the 15th December, 2006

As I had announced during the National Day celebrations last year about my abdication, and also briefed the Lhengye Zhungtshog on this decision, the time has now come for me to hand over my responsibilities to Trongsa Penlop Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck.

While we prepare ourselves for parliamentary democracy in 2008, we must all pledge with our body, speech and mind to be unwavering and steadfast in our efforts to strengthen the sovereignty and security of Bhutan, to secure the blessings of liberty, ensure justice and peace in our country, and enhance the unity, happiness and well being of our people for all time to come.

In taking note of the progress that our nation has made over the past thirty four years, I would like to state that whatever we have achieved so far is due to the merit of the people of Bhutan. I, therefore, wish to express my gratitude to the Clergy, the officials of the Royal Government, the members of the business community and our security forces, and to all the people of the twenty Dzongkhags for their unfailing support and loyalty to me and the country.

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“… to serve the people and country better than myself and all the Kings”

His Majesty addresses the Lhengye Zhungtsho

9 September 2006 – At a special sitting of the Lhengye Zhungtsho (cabinet) on September 7, which was attended by His Majesty the King and His Royal Highness the Crown Prince, Lyonpo Sangay Ngedup handed over the reins of the Bhutanese government to the new Prime Minister, Lyonpo Khandu Wangchuck.

His Majesty the King, who meets formally with the Lhengye Zhungtsho during the handing over of the prime ministership every year, addressed and exchanged views with the cabinet members on important issues facing the country today and the tasks to be fulfilled by the government in the year ahead.

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Creativity, innovation and enterprise – the future of Bhutan

“We must work hard, we must make our country stronger, more secure and richer year after year” said His Royal Highness the Crown Prince, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck.

His Royal Highness was addressing the 777 university graduates at the conclusion of the graduates orientation programme in Thimphu on Thursday.

His Royal Highness reminded the graduates that as they embarked on their future careers they must always bear in mind that the Bhutan of today was born out of the hard work and sacrifices of many generations of Bhutanese.

Even beyond this, it had taken immense hard work and the visionary leadership of His Majesty the King since 1972, to bring Bhutan from a period of great uncertainty to one of peace and prosperity. Today Bhutan is not only a strong and secure nation but one on the path to democracy. Such a country with strong foundations was now being handed over to the people.

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2008 inspirations from Twenty 20 Cricket World Cup

Watching India win the Twenty 20 Cricket World Cup (a cricket format still in its infancy), without the heavy weights of the Sachins, and Gangulis, I am reminded of His Majesty’s speech to the grads of 2006.

“I am confident that the younger generation will serve the country by not just showing up to work but working with innovation and dynamism; by not just doing business but creating new types of businesses and services; by not just saying they love the country but showing it in action and deed and; by not just speaking of Gross National happiness but showing how to implement it.”

These were the words of His Majesty (as the then Trongsa Penlop) at the 2006 Graduates’ Orientation Program.

Can you imagine Indian Cricket without Sachin? Without any of the familiar names, India came into this world cup in South Africa – a team that everybody wrote off. A team full of young men without much proven track record – led by a young captain with a funky hair style, from rural India – his first ever tournament. This victory almost reads like the script of the recent Bollywood blockbuster “Chuck De.”

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