The landscape around Trongsa is spectacular. It was from here that the present royal family emerged as the most powerful force at the beginning of the last century. The Royal family has strong links with Trongsa. Both the First King Ugyen Wangchuck, the Penlop of Trongsa and his successor, Second King Jigme Wangchuck, ruled the country from Trongsa’s ancient Dzong. The Crown Prince of Bhutan has always held the position of the Trongsa Penlop prior to ascending the throne. The Fourth King continued this tradition as he was appointed Trongsa Penlop in 1972 shortly before he ascended the throne of Bhutan. The present King, Druk Gyalpo Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck was appointed Trongsa Penlop on 21 October, 2004.