It was on 20 May, 2011.
Day was auspicious for me in particular since very morning. I was moving to Punakha for the first. Sky was different with light shower, called meto gi chab in Bhutanese style means flowery rain. It is auspicious sign. But I was least sure of what auspicious is going to happen. I only knew the summer session of parliament meeting is going to start. Not more than that!
I am happy because I visited very historic place on that day and i could bath on the meto gi chab. That moment is incredible for me forever.
Photo of Punakha Dzong snapped on 20 May, 2011 is here under. This would be my asset forever. See the magic of nature on so special day as a day when Royal Wedding was announced.I don’t mean that I am the only person to have it snapped but I was one amidst. Flowers were in full bloom around the dzong, clouds mushroomed in the sky…
Photo snapped by Mr. Pema Namgay, BBS, who was with me.
“Today, at this auspicious gathering, I would like to make a short announcement to all the people of the 20 Dzongkhags.
As King, it is now time for me to marry. After much thought I have decided that the wedding shall be later this year.
Now, many will have their own idea of what a Queen should be like – that she should be uniquely beautiful, intelligent and graceful. I think with experience and time, one can grow into a dynamic person in any walk of life with the right effort. For the Queen, what is most important is that at all times, as an individual she must be a good human being, and as Queen, she must be unwavering in her commitment to serve the People and Country.
As my queen, I have found such a person and her name is Jetsun Pema. While she is young, she is warm and kind in heart and character. These qualities together with the wisdom that will come with age and experience will make her a great servant to the nation.
This union does not mean that I am starting my own family. From the very day I received the Dhar Ngay-Nga from the sacred Machhen, the people of the 20 Dzongkhags became my family. Such is the duty and privilege of all Kings of Bhutan. It is through this union, that I shall have a Queen who will support, and work with me, as I serve the People and Country.
The wedding will be in accordance with age-old tradition, to seek the blessings of our Guardian Deities. I ask the government not to make any plans for a grand celebration. The happiness of my beloved father and the blessings of our People will give me the greatest joy and happiness.”
His Majesty with Royal Bride
Jetsun Pema, Royal Bride.
Photo Credit: Kuenselonline
This is a historic announcement made by His Majesty, King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck. I was unaware about it until it was updated by BBS. Signs and symbols revealed its truth. I was very happy because I celebrated it beforehand with my visit to Punakha Dzong. It was really a coincidence.
I know media covered its details. That is why enquiry to Royal Media came as far as from European countries. And in home, it is record broken when Bhutan Bussiness, newspaper, has to go for second round of printing for having covered on Royal Wedding. Otherwise it would face difficulty even in selling its first round.
But story is worth telling twice. It can be repeated numerous time with zero lost in its vigor and splendor.
This is how people of Bhutan express their love towards His Majesty. Mysterious, yet felt. Inexplicable yet understandable.
Historic moment in historic hour...