His Majesty Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck became the fifth hereditary King of Bhutan in a sacred ceremony in the Punakha Dzong on the 1st of November, 2008. On the 7th of November, 2008, His Majesty the King addressed the nation from Changlimithang, Thimphu.
In a Royal Edict issued on 9th December 2006, His Majesty the fourth King Jigme Singye Wangchuck said: “I am confident that a bright future lies ahead for Bhutan with the leadership of a new King and a democratic system of government that is best suited for our country as enshrined under the constitution. I have every confidence that there will be unprecedented progress and prosperity for our nation in the reign of our fifth king.”
Later the same month on Bhutan’s National Day, 17 December 2006, the young king walked across Changlimithang Stadium to speak and reach out to his people, embodying the brave new spirit of the kingdom.