Himalayan nation of Bhutan crowns its 5th king

THIMPHU, Bhutan (AP) - November 6, 2008 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.

Once one of the most cutoff, tightly controlled places on earth, the country is now slowly opening up to the uncertainties of modernity and vagaries of democracy.

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