People express their gratitude for the precious gift

Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen and His Royal Highness The Gyalsey are in perfect health under the devoted care of a professional medical team, a press release from the Royal Office of Media assured the people and well-wishers.

Yesterday, His Majesty The King offered prayers at Tashichhodzong, Dechenphu, Pangrizampa, and at the Gesar lhakang.

Hundreds of well-wishers gathered at these nyes (sacred sites), dzongs and lhakhangs across the country to offer prayers of gratitude on the auspicious and joyous occasion of the birth of The Gyalsey.

People offered Karmi Kom (butter lamps) and hoisted prayer flags at sacred sites. The Bhutanese diaspora overseas also offered prayers in celebration of the historic moment.

Sharing the joy of the Bhutanese people, His Holiness the Je Khenpo explained the extraordinary tendril under which The Gyalsey was born. His Holiness is presiding over sacred ceremonies in Tashichhodzong, Thimphu. Zhung Dratshang and the clergy are conducting Kurims (religious ceremonies) in all the dzongs and lhakhangs in the country.

Kutens (sacred objects) are being repaired, restored and gilded in the Tashichhodzong and Punakha Dzong to mark the birth of His Royal Highness The Gyalsey.

People across the country shared the joy and expressed their gratitude to Their Majesties. Siting outside the Bajo lhalkhang, 63-year-old Tshagay said the birth of The Gyalsey is a tendril of great significance for the King, country and the people. “It is a very happy news,” he said.

Penjor from Punakha said Their Majesties granted the most precious gift to the people. “His Majesty is at the right age to have a royal child,” he said. “It is a son and our future is secured.”

In Trashigang, Sangay Khandu, 47, from Merak, rushed to dratshang immediately after he heard the news of The Gyalsey’s birth. “Under the dynamic reign of our kings, we have seen our nation grow from strength to strength. We wish His Majesty The King, Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen and The Gyalsey good health and happiness.”

Namgay, a 68-year-old farmer from Bartsham, said this Losar is going to be the most memorable losar.

“We hope we can have glimpse of The Gyelsey,” said Namgay Lhamu, 68 who was praying at the Zangtopelri in Samdrupjongkhar.

In Samtse, Karma Wangdi heard the news only around noon. He was fencing his orchard. “This is the best news I have heard in a while,” said the farmer, 47.

The president of an association for Bhutanese in Pert, Western Australia, Lakey Tshering, said he spent three hours of his work thinking how people in Bhutan must be gearing to celebrate the great event. “The Gem of the Crown is adorned with the birth of  The Gyalsey,” he said.