Archive for Thursday, November 6, 2008

Himalayan nation crowns its 5th king

November 6, 2008


— The tiny Himalayan nation of Bhutan has crowned its fifth king in an elaborate Buddhist ceremony.

On Thursday morning, King Jigme Singye Wangchuck placed the Raven Crown on the head of his son, 28-year-old Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck, giving him the title of Druk Gyalpo, or Dragon King.

The festivities, symbolizing the strength of the monarchy, are seen as a deeply reassuring moment for the last independent Himalayan Buddhist kingdom.


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