Friday, November 11, 2016

Royal Profile: King Jigme Singye Wangchuck of Bhutan

King Jigme Singye Wangchuck of Bhutan was born 11 November 1955 as the son of Kinh Jigme Dorji Wangchuck and Ashi Kesang Choden Wangchuck.
He has the following siblings:
  • Sonam Choden Wangchuck
  • Dechan Wangmo Wangchuck
  • Pema Lhaden Wangchuck
  • Kesang Wangmo Wangchuck
He has four wives, five daughters, and five sons. He also has several children and children-in-law and grandchildren {Source}:
  1. Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck (1955) (wife 1)
    1. Princess Ashi Sonam Dechen Wangchuck (1981)
      1. Dasho Phub W. Dorji (m. 2009)
    2. Prince Dasho Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck (1984)
  2. Ashi Tshering Pem Wangchuck (1957) (wife 2)
    1. Princess Ashi Chimi Yangzom Wangchuck (1980)
      1. Dasho Sangay Wangchuk (m. 2005)
        1. Son (2006) {Source}
    2. Princess Ashi Kesang Choden Wangchuck (1982)
      1. Dasho Palden Yoeser Thinley (2008)
    3. Prince Dasho Ugyen Jigme Wangchuck (1994)
  3. Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck (1959) (wife 3)
    1. King Druk Gyalpo Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck (1980)
      1. Queen Jetsun Pema (1990, m. 2011)
        1. Prince Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck (2016)
    2. Princess Ashi Dechen Yangzom Wangchuck (1981)
      1. Dasho Tandin Namgyel (2009)
    3. Prince Dasho Jigme Dorji Wangchuck (1986)
      1. Yetsho Lhamo  (m. 2013)
  4. Ashi Sangay Choden Wangchuck (1963) (wife 4)
    1. Prince Dasho Khamsum Singye Wangchuck (1984)
    2. Princess Ashi Euphelma Choden Wangchuck (1993)
He began public duties at an early age. At the age of four, sometime in 1959, the young Crown Prince received the offerings of good wishes and respects by the public, monks and officials for the first time in Tashi Chodzong.\

He was educated in Bhutan, India, and England. He attended his very early education with tutors at the palace in Bhutan. He attended St Joseph’s College, Darjeeling in India. In 1964, he attended Heatherdown Prep School, where he completed his studies in 1969.

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