As Crown Prince of Bhutan, Khesar attended Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadejs 60th Anniversary Celebrations on 12–13 June 2006 in Bangkok along with royals from 25countries. Known in the Thai press as Prince Jigme, the prince, at 26 the youngest of the visiting royals, caused a sensation, giving rise to a legion of female fans in Thailand.
On 1 November 2008, he was formally crowned in Punakha as the Fifth Kingof the Wangchuck Dynasty. "Destiny has put me here. I will protect you as a parent, care for you as a brother and serve you as a son."
"I shall give youeverything and keep nothing. This is how Ishall serve you as king."
He stated that the responsibility of this generation for Bhutanese wasto ensure the success of democracy. "Today, in the womb of a strong and peaceful monarchy, we have begun to nurture the hopes of a vibrant democracy. It is this endeavor that we must henceforth uphold as our greatest priority – the success of democracy. "
For in the success of democracy lies the consolidation of our nation’s achievements and the future happiness and well being of Bhutan.”
On people’s welfare“True welfare must be taken to the doorstep ofthe people. We must ensure that not even for a day longer should a person suffer the pains of dire poverty, of injustice or of neglect and disability. They must be identified as soon as possible and provided welfare.”
He spoke mainly to the youth of Bhutan on the need for Bhutanese tostrive for greater standards in education. "Bhutan’s success or failure will ultimately depend on the strength of your (the youth) commitment – your willingness to embrace challenges and hard work. "
Unlike other countries, withour small population, it is notenough that a few of you excel– every single one of you must strive to be the best. This is the only way you can secure the future of our nation – through excellence.”
“A nation’s future will mirror the qualityof his youth – a nation cannot fool himself into thinking of a bright future when he has not invested wisely in his children.”
“Our nation’s Vision can only be fulfilled ifthe scope of our dreams and aspirations are matched by the reality of our commitment to nurturing our future citizens.”
“In the eyes of the international community, the relationshipbetween Bhutan and India stands as a model of partnership and cooperation.”
“It is critical that we areable to recognize Bhutanese character irrespective of how far we look back into the past or into the future.”
“Henceforth, as even more dramatic changes transform the world and our nation, as longas we continue to pursue the simple and timeless goal of being good human beings, and as long as we strive to build a nation that stands for everything that is good, we can ensure that our future generations for hundreds of years will live in happiness and peace.”
“I shall live such a life asa good human being thatyou may find it worthy to serve as an example for your children; I have nopersonal goals other than to fulfill your hopes andaspirations. I shall alwaysserve you, day and night, in the spirit of kindness, justice and equality.”
As the king of a Buddhist nation, my duty is not only to ensureyour happiness today but to also create the fertile ground from which you may gain the fruits of spiritual pursuit and attain good Karma. This is how I shall serve you as King
Guided by the ideas ofGross National Happiness (GNH), Bhutan has beenmaking steady progress inevery sector towards the goal of modernization.
Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, who helped usher in democracy in the Buddhist nation, revealed his intention to marry 20-year-old student Jetsun Pema during an address to parliament. "While she is young, she is warm and kind in heart and character."
"He really loves her. Wherever he goes he holds her hand. Now young people are starting to copy." - Jurme Choden
The royal couple apparently met when aged 17 and seven respectively at a familypicnic in Thimphu. The then-prince got down on his knees and said,….. "When you grow up, if I am single and not married and if you are single and not married, I would like you to be my wife, provided we still feel the same."
Bhutans "Dragon King,"its charming, American- and British-educatedand immensely popular monarch, married his longtime girlfriend today, kicking off three days of celebration inthis tiny Himalayan land that is slowly but steadily emerging into the modern world. Long Live The King Of BhutanSompong Yusoontorn