The announcement of the royal wedding scheduled for October this year is welcome news. And none too soon either! Our Constitution requires that a ruling monarch must abdicate when he reaches the age of 65 by which time, the royal successor should have attained the age of 21, to be able to ascend the Golden Throne. This is good timing.
Few kings around the world have had the good fortune to marry for love. There have been instances in history where a king had to relinquish his throne in order that he may prefer his love over his kingly obligations. Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown and rarely has a king ever worn his heart on his sleeve. But the declaration His Majesty made on the 20th of May, 2011, during the opening session of the Parliament was touching - almost the stuff of fairy tales.
By necessity, all conventional ties and relationships of the heir to the Golden Throne must end the day the Raven Crown is placed on his head. From that day on, he is neither a father, nor a son - or a husband. He is KING. And, in order that he can shoulder the weighty burdens of kingship, he must not be shackled by a need for allegiance to ordinary ties and attachments. He must rise above the ordinary and stand alone.
His Majesty Druk Gyalpo Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck has inherited from his peerless father a kingdom that is peaceful, prosperous and with its bountiful natural as well as its cultural resources largely intact. He has a nation full of subjects who are grateful and beholden to the Throne for all their successes and happiness. And now, by his own admission, His Majesty has found a Queen who is both warm and kind in heart and character and who will, with age and experience, make a great servant to the nation. With such fine qualities and with the full approval of His Majesty the IVth Druk Gyalpo and their Majesties the Queen Mothers, there should be no doubt in anybody’s mind that Ashi Jetsun Pema the future Queen of Bhutan will find resonance among his and her subjects.
I join the nation in wishing the royal couple MANY, MANY YEARS OF HAPPINESS AND JOY. May their union bring PEACE AND PROSPERITY to the people of Bhutan.