There was much happiness as the official Facebook page of His Majesty The King announced the birth of the second Royal Child to Their Majesties.
The Royal announcement said that the second Royal Child of Their Majesties The King and Queen, a Prince, was born on the 19th of March 2020, corresponding with the 25th day of the 1st month of the Male Iron Rat year, in Lingkana Palace, Thimphu.
It said, “Her Majesty and the royal baby are in good health, and His Royal Highness The Gyalsey was delighted to meet his younger brother.”
Their Majesties expressed their gratitude to the medical team, the Zhung Dratshang and to everyone for their well-wishes and prayers.
The announcement of the Royal Birth also mentioned concerns over the COVID-19 virus. “While this remains a very happy occasion for the Royal Family and the nation and people of Bhutan, Their Majesties wish to remind all Bhutanese to be mindful, responsible and supportive to each other in the wake of the COVID-19 virus”.
It said Their Majesties have everyone whose lives have been affected by this global pandemic in their thoughts and prayers.
The birth of the Royal Child brought an outpouring of happiness among Bhutanese many of whom took to social media to express their happiness and their hopes for the future. It lifted the heavy pall of gloom and fear that had descended on the nation due to COVID-19.
The Prime Minister said, “A special blessing has come our way, in the form of the second royal baby. The much anticipated wait, ever since His Majesty The King shared the news with the nation last December, is over as we hear the gratifying news this afternoon. We are happy to learn that Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen and the royal baby are in good health.”
He said that four years ago, the nation came together to rejoice the birth of His Royal Highness The Gyalsey. “Today, we can imagine the excitement as His Highness greets his younger brother.”
“Like an arrival of a new member bringing joy to every family, the birth of the second royal child enlivens hopes and bliss of every Bhutanese, across the world,” Lyonchhen added.
The Prime Minister on behalf of the people of Bhutan, offered humble prayers and gratitude.
The National Council Chairman Thrizin Tashi Dorji said, “The Land of Thunder Dragon – Druk-Yul remains immensely blessed with the Wangchuck Dynasty lineage ever since Gongsar Jigme Namgyel’s era. The five hereditary Kings thereafter at the helm of Bhutan successively continued to bless the nation and its people with exemplary socio-economic progress ushering the country to advanced modern society.”
He said boundless Happiness dawned upon the Bhutanese in 2016 with the Heavenly Gift of the first Gyalsey and it is more reassuring for the nation and its people to be further blessed with the second Royal Baby on this auspicious day, the 19th March 2020.
“I feel immensely privileged to join the nation in offering my humble prayers and Tashi Delek to His Majesty and Gyaltsuen! May the spirit of Palden Drukpa prevail for eons to come” he added.
The National Assembly led by the Speaker said, “Even as we realize just how important the Yab-Sey archetypal relationship is to our collective folk memories, we are blessed with yet another precious jewel. On the most joyous occasion of the birth of the second Royal Prince, the Speaker, Members and staff of the National Assembly of Bhutan join the nation to offer out humble Tashi Delek to our beloved His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen. We cannot but happiness. Happiness is born to us.”
The Opposition party and all other political parties wished the Royal Birth as well.
The Former Prime Minister Dasho Tshering Tobgay said, “Her Majesty the Queen, our beloved Gyaltsuen, has blessed us with a second Royal Prince. My heartiest congratulations to all my fellow Bhutanese. Pelden Drukpa Gyelo.”
On behalf of India the Indian Minister for External Affairs Dr. S Jaishankar said, “Hearty congratulations to His Majesty Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen, His Royal Highness the Gyalsey and the Royal Family on being blessed with the birth of the second Royal Child. India joining the people of Bhutan in rejoicing on this happy occasion.
The Former Foreign Secretary of India K.C Singh said, “Felicitations Bhutan, some pleasing news during these testy times.”
The people of Bhutan were abuzz with the happy news as they shared their happiness online and in person.
Kunga Tenzin Dorji, media personality, said the “HRH carries the blood of two of the greatest leaders I know, his father and grandfather. When he and HRH the Gyalsey come of age, their time will be different and the challenges much harder. I pray their little feet grow firmly into those big shoes they have to fill. For the moment though, I am just happy for Their Majesties and HRH The Gyalsey. Eagar to see the little one’s photograph soon.”
Shreeyash Chhetri who is a second year nursing student at RMIT university, Australia, said, “On hearing the news of the birth of the Second Royal Child, all of us here were fascinated. This news came in the midst of all the ruckus surrounded by coronavirus, and to us, it felt bright and refreshing out of the new normal here.”
Karma T Zangmo, a national archer said, “Congratulations Your Majesties, and welcome to the Land of the Thunder Dragon dear Prince. I am happy and feeling blessed.”
Surjaman Thapa, Dagana NC MP, said, “On this joyous occasion where all the Bhutanese are proud and happy, and thrilled to hear the news of the safe arrival of the second Royal Baby, I, on behalf of the people of Dagana, and myself, take this opportunity to congratulate Their Majesties and the HRH The Gyalsey for having another member in the Royal Family.
I would like to wish Their Majesties’, HRH Gyalsey’ and the new born prince’s good health, peace and happiness for years to come.”
Karma Sonam, pursuing BCom final year at Gedu College of Business Studies said, “The birth marks such a glorious day. We are very happy and blessed to have the opportunity to live through another prince in our lifetime. Long live the new Prince.”
Kuenga Lhaden, Miss Asia Bhutan 2016 and Miss Scuba International 2017, said, “Wishing Their Majesties a hearty congratulation on the birth of Gyalsey. May his Royal Highness be healthy and happy.”
Drona Basnet, music producer and rapper, said, “Feeling blessed to be witnessing yet another gem to be added in our great and ever shining Monarchy.”
Choi Wangmo, web content writer, Druk Host, said, “We are very delighted to hear the wonderful news of Their Majesties welcoming their second Royal Prince. I would like to join the nation in expressing our heartfelt congratulations to Their Majesties and offer prayers of good health and happiness to the Royal Baby.”
The news of the Royal Birth came at a grim time of COVID-19 and for a moment the nation forgot its fears and woes and came together in celebration and happiness.