We, in Bhutan, take auspicious signs seriously. And the more auspicious the sign, the better.

Today is Duechen Ngazom, the most important day in the Buddhist calendar. Today, coincidentally, is also Her Majesty the Queens’ 22nd birth anniversary.

Her Majesty the Queen’s first birthday after being crowned the Druk Gyaltshuen falls on the most revered day of the year. How auspicious is that? Very auspicious. And that bodes well, very well, for the tsawasum – our monarchy, our country and our people.

Happy birthday, Your Majesty!