In a momentous occasion that unfolded on Saturday, the entire nation of Bhutan woke up to the exhilarating news of the birth of a royal baby girl. The atmosphere was electric with celebration as the nation came together to rejoice in unison.
Social media platforms were abuzz with the delightful news, and households across the country echoed with prayers of gratitude, marking the beginning of a new chapter in Bhutan’s illustrious history.
For young Tashi, roused from her slumber by her excited mother, this day brought her a new sister. Even Sonam, her brother, momentarily set aside his unfinished homework, understanding the significance of this moment. He joyfully remarked, “The brothers now have a little friend. They must be really happy, just as we are.”
Soon after, Dr. Lotay Tshering, the Prime Minister, and Laytshog Lopon Sangay Dorji appeared on BBS, the national television channel.
Dr. Lotay Tshering hailed this day as historic, emphasizing the long-awaited arrival of a princess. He declared, “It is a joyous occasion. We should congratulate ourselves and celebrate. As the representative of the people, I offer my Tashi Delek to the people of Bhutan. We are so fortunate to be blessed with a princess.”
Indeed, this is a moment of profound historical significance. The monarchy is the cornerstone of Bhutan’s national identity, unity, and pride, symbolizing stability and continuity. The birth of Gyalsem, the royal princess, adds vibrancy and shape to the nation’s dreams and aspirations.
For the people of Bhutan, the birth of the princess is a testament to their deep reverence and indomitable spirits.
“The wisdom of calm and light has come,” said Aum Cheki from Trashigang, highlighting the importance of inner harmony not just within families but in society and the world at large. “The princess represents a beacon of grace in tranquil light, a balancing force that will shape the destinies of the world and its people.”
Lopon Sangay Dorji added that the birth of the princess was the culmination of the nation’s fervent prayers. The day and month of her birth align with moments of profound significance, marked by auspiciousness.
“The princess is a blessing to the people of Bhutan. After the birth of two princes, the nation yearned for a princess, and our prayers have been answered,” stated Lopon Sangay Dorji. He also highlighted the auspicious nature of the 25th day, known as marngo, a day of the gathering of hundreds of dakinis.
In the south of Thimphu, Ap Panjo found a special connection between the arrival of the princess and the changing seasons. The day before her birth, he heard the first song of cicadas while harvesting chillies.
“The sound of cicadas heralds autumn, the season of harvest and prosperity,” he explained. “In the cradle of our monarchy, where traditions gleam brightly, a new chapter unfolds, like a radiant, precious dream. The birth of the princess will usher in an era of great promise for Bhutan.”
This momentous occasion extended beyond Bhutan’s borders, with neighboring nations and friends sharing in the joy and celebration.
UNICEF Bhutan Representative, Andrea James, conveyed their heartfelt congratulations and prayers for the good health of Her Majesty and the newborn princess.
India’s Foreign Minister, Dr. S Jaishankar, extended warm wishes to Bhutan’s royal family, expressing India’s shared celebration of this auspicious occasion.
Closer to home, the Embassy of India offered its warmest greetings and congratulations to the royal family and the people of Bhutan.
The chief engineer of Project Dantak, Brigadier Jaswinder Singh, and his wife, Namrata Ahuja, expressed their joy at the birth of the princess, considering it a precious and joyous moment.
Political leaders from various parties also extended their wishes and prayers to Their Majesties.
In a heartfelt message, Dasho Pema Chewang, President of Bhutan Tendrel Party, offered prayers for the long life, good health, and happiness of the royal newborn.
Phurba, General Secretary of the Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa, celebrated the birth as a precious gift and prayed for the princess to grow with humility and compassion.
Druk Phuensum Tshogpa President and Opposition Leader, Dorji Wangdi, regarded the princess as a precious gem and wished her a life adorned with compassion and benevolence.
Kinga Tshering, President of Druk Thuendrel Tshogpa (DTT), invoked Mother Tara’s blessings for the Gyalsem and hoped for brighter days ahead.
Dasho Tshering Tobgay, President of PDP, expressed immense joy and pride, extending his heartfelt congratulations and best wishes to Their Majesties.
As Bhutan and the world celebrate the arrival of the royal princess, the nation looks forward to a future filled with hope, grace, and promise, symbolized by this cherished addition to the royal family.