His Majesty assumed the mantle and responsibilities of Kingship at the age of 16, when ordinary people are still growing up. By the age of 51, when most people are still striving to achieve their lifelong goals, His Majesty, at the height of His golden reign, abdicated the throne after having accomplished prodigious feats. Where ordinary people crave wealth and power, His Majesty crowned a new King, introduced democracy and handed over the responsibility of governance to His people. Such an act of superlative altruism was unprecedented in the history of the world.
– His Majesty’s Address to the Nation, 11 November 2015
A selection of images from the historic celebration of the 60th Birth Anniversary Celebrations of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo.
All corners of the stadium reverberate with prayers:
A grateful nation pays respects:
Veterans of the 2003 operations, assisted by soldiers from RBA.
Men who served His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo.
Members of the Nyikem Gongzhu Tshogpa.
Guard of Honour:
Pelden Drukpa Gyalo.
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