King Jigme Khesar and Queen Jetsun Pema of Bhutan have officially named their son, who was born in February, Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck.
The King and Queen traveled to the Punakha Dzong for the ceremony where the baby was escorted in in a Chipdrel Procession. The naming ceremony was held to coincide with Zhabdrung Kuchoe which this year marks the 400th anniversary of Zhabdrung’s arrival in Bhutan.
The King gave a speech to a crowd of about 10,000 people which included royal family members, spiritual and government leaders, and Bhutanese people who came out to see the ceremony.
Explanation of the name, Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck:
“Jigme means fearless. It symbolizes great courage to overcome any challenge that he may confront in future as he serves our country. Namgyel means victorious in all directions and victory over all obstacles. It is a name taken from the revered Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, who enabled the Dharma to flourish in all directions as prophesied by Guru Rinpoche. Wangchuck is the name of the royal lineage and dynasty.”
Speaking about his son, the King said:
“As I have said before, the Gyalsey is not just the prince of the King and Gyaltsuen, but a son to all the Bhutanese people. … When the time comes for Gyalsey Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck to serve his country, he must always place the concerns of his country above all else and serve his people justly with great love and dedication. It will be his sacred responsibility to build a harmonious and just society, and thereby, fulfill all the aspirations of his people.
“He must live such a life as a good human being and serve his country in a manner that it will be exemplary and worthy of emulation. … My heartfelt prayers and aspirations are that during his reign, our people will be able to enjoy even greater peace, security, prosperity and happiness than they have in the past. I thank all the people of the twenty dzongkhags for your continued support, loyalty and dedication.”
I love that the King of Bhutan has such love for his people and he wants to instill that in his son from such an early age.
The Royal Grandmother offered Khaddar to the baby.
The thousands of people at the Thangzona came out to offer their wishes. The royal family walked through the crowd to meet with the people.
Gyalsey Jigme Namgyel with his grandfather, the Fourth Druk Gyalpo. The baby has so much hair!
The day before the naming ceremony, April 15, the King and Queen offered prayers at the Thimphu Changangkha Lhakhang.