And he will keep the practice of measuring the Gross National Happiness!
Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck Thursday became the world’s youngest reigning monarch and head of the newest democracy after he was adorned with Bhutan’s Raven Crown at an ornate coronation ceremony here.
Sounds of giant gongs and Buddhist hymns echoed the white-walled Golden Throne Room at Tashichhodzong, a fortress that is now the seat of the government, as the fourth king Jigme Singye Wangchuck handed over the crown to his eldest son at 8.31 a.m. (8.11 a.m. IST).
The largely Buddhist kingdom of about 650,000 people grudgingly marched towards democracy after the former king Jigme Singye Wangchuck’s sudden decision in December 2006 to abdicate the throne in favour of his eldest son and announce parliamentary elections to change with the times and relinquish absolute rule.
Since then, palace officials have been waiting for an astrologically suitable day for the 52-year-old former king to place the crown on his son’s head and formally end his own rule - and that happened Thursday
A leader who, without pressure, decides to step down from power. Now there is someone who puts country first!