Sorrow of a King
King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck of Bhutan has lead his nation in sorrow following the death of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand. His majesty lit one thousand butter lamps and offered prayers alongside other members of the Bhutanese Royal Family, Government officials and members of the Thai community in Bhutan. The solemn and moving event took place inside the Tashichhodzong (governmental palace) in Bhutan’s capital, Thimpu.
His Majesty has also commanded that the traditional and sacred lighting of these butter lamps as well as prayers be held in temples throughout Bhutan in memory of Thailands revered monarch. Also, the 14th of October has been declared a day of mourning Bhutan when flags will fly at half mast and schools and public offices will be closed for the day.
All these events are testimony to closeness that has developed over the years between the Royal Families of Bhutan and Thailand and between the two countries themselves.
According to King Jigme’s Facebook page, His Majesty “received the news of the passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand with immense sorrow“. The article continued by stating that, “His Majesty The King and the people of Bhutan offer sincere and heartfelt condolences to the grieving people of Thailand.”
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