It’s our Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s 65th birthday, and to pay tribute to his years of service and dedication to Singapore, we’ve compiled a photo series of his journey from a wee baby to being the PM Lee we all know and love today.

Photo Credits: Mrs Lee Kuan Yew’s collection

Back then, PM Lee was the only child. Perhaps that’s why his grin was so wide.

The late Mr Lee Kuan Yew knew the importance of spending quality family time, taking PM Lee and his siblings out for a family trip every once in a while. Here we see an 11-year-old PM Lee, young and curious.

Photo Credits: Ministry of Information and the Arts Collection, courtesy of National Archives of Singapore

PM Lee visiting Lazarus Island with his father, the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew. This was not the first, nor the only time he accompanied his father on political trips.

PM Lee (14 years old) and sister Lee Wei Ling (10 years old) in 1966

Winners of MOE’s National Language Month Essay and Poster Competitions, PM Lee and sister Lee Wei Ling are talented writers since their pre-teen years.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong was a member of the Catholic High School band in 1968

A man of many talents, PM Lee was once a member of the Catholic High School band as well! He played the clarinet.

PM Lee during his National Service

PM Lee graduated from Cambridge with a Double First Class Honours in Mathematical Statistics and Mathematical Economics, and a Diploma in Computer Science in 1974.

He then went on to obtain a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard in 1980.

PM Lee’s marriage to Wong Ming Yang back in 1981. It was a beautiful, quiet wedding.

PM Lee as a Member of Parliament in Teck Ghee, when he was 32 years old.

PM Lee was appointed as the Director of Joint Operations Planning Directorate from 1981 to 1982. He then became the Chief of Staff (General Staff) from 1982 to 1984, by then having risen to the rank of Brigadier-General.

PM Lee left the SAF to pursue his true passion: Politics.

PM Lee carrying his son Hongyi, while his wife Ho Ching was pregnant with Haoyi.

A family portrait of PM Lee with his parents, siblings and children.

The swearing in ceremony of Prime Minister Lee in 2004, a solemn affair as the magnitude of his position sunk in.

It’s hard not to grin when your dad is congratulating you on becoming the Prime Minister of Singapore.

He gave us a big scare in August 2016 when he took ill on stage during the National Day Rally Speech.

The cause was due to exhaustion from being on his feet for hours, and he came back to stage after an hour to a standing ovation.

Photo Credits: Tsering Topgyal

Stay cool, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. Here’s to a fantastic 65th birthday!

Also, read Happy Birthday PM Lee! Here Are 10 Reasons Singapore Has The Coolest Prime Minister

 
 
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