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 The King, November 11, 2015
The final instalment of photographs from the historic celebrations at Changlimithang Stadium, to commemorate the 60th Birth Anniversary of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo Jigme Singye Wangchuck, the Father of the Nation.
The brass band
On the stands
Students from schools in Thimphu perform the Gatoen Luzhey
Performance by the Royal Academy of Performing Arts
The Zhung Dratshang’s ‘Chendren Zhing-sheg Pemi Kuchham’
His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo interacts with the people during the celebration
The’Gue-tued Jedren Chhoepa’ performed by 108 women, representing a cross section of Bhutanese society
The famous Ache- Lhamo Cham of Merak and Sakteng
Some comic entertainment on the side- traditional ‘pillow-fight’ organised by the Bhutan Olympic Committee
Boedra by senior citizens
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