Funeral: His Majesty the King and Her Majesty the Gyaltsuen joined world leaders and the people of Singapore in bidding farewell to the island nation’s founding Prime Minister, Lee Kuan Yew at the funeral service held in Singapore yesterday.

The Prime Minister who ruled Singapore for 31 years died on March 23 aged 91.

In an interview with Asia News Channel, Singapore’s English news channel, His Majesty said that the Bhutanese people equally felt the loss. His Majesty, who is an admirer of Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, and fondly referred to him as LKY during the interview, said: “When I look at LKY’s journey, his physical manifestation has ended, but his legacy will live on forever through Singaporeans and the success of Singapore.”

His Majesty said that people all over the world, such as himself, who had great admiration for the late Prime Minister, will continue to remember him with great respect.

Meanwhile in Bhutan, on the command of His Majesty the King, the national flag was flown at half-mast in respect to the late Prime Minister.

Ministers, senior government officials, well-wishers, and Singaporeans residing in the country participated in a ceremony to light a thousand butter lamps, and offered prayers for the late Prime Minister, at the Kuenrey of the Tashichhodzong.