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Bhutan crowns world’s youngest monarch

Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck yesterday became the new king of Bhutan following the abdication of his father, who started the country’s transition to democracy two years ago.

Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck

Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck

The new king, who is the world’s youngest monarch at age 28, gave his accession speech to around 30,000 people, and celebrations across the country are planned for the coronation which is due to take place.

“My deepest concern is that as the world changes we may lose these fundamental values on which we rest our character as a nation and people,” he said in his speech.

“Henceforth, even as more dramatic changes transform the world and our nation, as long as we continue to pursue the simple and timeless goal of being good human beings… we can ensure that our future generations will live in happiness and peace.” Read More…