Thimphu, February 6, 2016: The storks have paid a visit to the royal couple of Bhutan!
King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema have been blessed with a baby boy.
The official declaration read: “Our happiness knows no bounds, as we announce the Royal Birth of His Royal Highness The Gyalsey on 5th February 2016.”
The child was delivered safely at the Lingkana Palace, Thimphu and the king was at the side of the queen during the time of the delivery.
Both the mother and the child are doing well and the royal family has expressed gratitude for prayers showered on them by the religious groups and the people of Bhutan.
The birth of the royal child has brought much happiness to Bhutan with the Prime Minister announcing that coming Monday will be declared a holiday to celebrate the royal birth.
An official statement released on February 6,th 2016 also mentioned the small Hindu community that resides in this largely Buddhist country.
The statement read that the “Priests from the Hindu community in the Southern dzongkhags are offering prayers and havaan (fire offerings) at the Samtse Mandir. The ceremony includes recitations of the Veda, Vagawat Puran, Shiva Puran, Devi Vagawat, Rudri and Chandi.
The Samtse Shivalaya Mandir, which was built upon the Royal Command of His Majesty The King as a gift to the Hindu Community in Bhutan to mark the Royal Wedding, was consecrated today coinciding with the Royal Birth.”
However, the kingdom may not see any extravagant celebration as the King has said that the government must not spend valuable resources on grand celebrations but should commemorate the birth with initiatives that will have long-term benefits for the country and its people.
Several leaders, including Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, have wished the royal couple on the birth.
The couple got married in 2011 while the Queen, Jetsun Pema, was still a student at the Regent’s College in London.