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His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck Edit Profile

King of Bhutan

His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck, former King of Bhutan. Named one of 100 Most Influential People, Time Magazine, 2006.

Background

Wangchuck, His Majesty Jigme Singye was born on November 11, 1955 in Thimphu, Bhutan. Son of Druk Gyalpo Jigme Dorji Wangchuk and Queen Ashi Kesang.

Education

Student, North Point, Darjeeling. Student, Wangchuk Academy, Paro, Bhutan, 1972.

Career

Crown prince, 1972; succeeded to throne, 1972. Coronated King of Bhutan, head of state, 1974. Abdicated throne to his son Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, 2006.

Chairman Planning Commission Bhutan, since 1972, Council of Ministers, 1972-1998. Also commander-in-chief armed forces.

Connections

Married Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck. Children: Jigyel Ugyen, Sonam Dechen. Married Tshering Pem Wangchuck.

Children: Chimi Yangzom, Kesang Choden, Ugyen Jigme. Married Tshering Yangdön Wanchuck. Children: Jigme Khesar Namgyal, Dechen Yangzom, Jigme Dorji.

Married Sangay Choden Wangchuck. Children: Euphelma Choden, Khamsum Singhye.

father:
Druk Gyalpo Jigme Dorji Wangchuk

mother:
Queen Ashi Kesang

spouse:
Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck

spouse:
Tshering Pem Wangchuck

spouse:
Tshering Yangdön Wanchuck

spouse:
Sangay Choden Wangchuck

child:
Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck

child:
Sonam Dechen Wangchuck

child:
Chimi Yangzom Wangchuck

child:
Kesang Choden Wangchuck

child:
Ugyen Jigme Wangchuck

child:
Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck

child:
Dechen Yangzom Wangchuck

child:
Jigme Dorji Wangchuck

child:
Euphelma Choden Wangchuck

child:
Khamsum Singhye Wangchuck