King Jigme, Queen Jetsun Pema and the Royal Family of Bhutan 1: Ending 2021

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Sep 14, 2003
Canada Formalizes Ties with Remote Kingdom
Bhutan's first-ever Ambassador to Canada presents his credentials.

On May 4, 2004, the first-ever Bhutanese Ambassador to Canada, H.E. Daw Penjo, presented his credentials to the Governor General at Rideau Hall. This ceremony marked the culmination of a process started in June 2003, when Canada and Bhutan formally agreed to enter into diplomatic relations. Canada is the first country in the Americas with which Bhutan has diplomatic relations. In fact, Bhutan has diplomatic relations with only 22 countries world-wide, the majority of which are in South and Southeast Asia.

Bhutan, a small and mountainous kingdom between China and eastern India, has long been considered one of the remotest countries on the planet. It remains little-known and rarely visited.

Bhutan's special appreciation of Canada began in the early-1960's when a Canadian Jesuit was invited to help create a secondary school system. This special relationship was subsequently reinforced through the assistance given to the Bhutanese government by Maurice Strong as they sought to ease themselves into the international arena.

Ambassador Penjo will reside in New York, where he is also the head of mission for Bhutan's permanent mission to the United Nations.
Anyone have pictures (and names) of the King and his family?

What's the history of Royal Bhutan ?
There are some posted on the Asian Royals Message Board. The king apparently married 4 sisters! There are pictures there....
from the ARMB

The King privately wed the 4 sisters in 1979 but did not publicly celebrate until 1988

The Crown Prince is the son of the third wife, Ashi Tshering Yangdön Wangchuck, and was born in 1980. He has an M Phil in Politics at Magdalen College, Oxford.

The King lives in a small cottage that has been called a "log cabin" by some.

The photo below is undated and is of the King and his 4 wives: King and wives

Bhutan's has 4 queens and they are sisters. An official royal wedding and a public ceremony was held on 31 October 1988. Each has her own palace, although the king lives by himself.

They are:
Ashi Dorji Wangmo (the eldest of the sisters)
Ashi Tshering Pem
Ashi Tshering Yangdon
Ashi Sangay Choedon.

The King and the 4 Queens have five sons and five daughters. HRH Dasho Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck is the Crown Prince.
Pushing the Right Bhutan

In a national exclusive, Anjool Malde speaks to The Prince of Bhutan before his premature exit from Oxford



Thanks for providing some information and pictures.
Bhutan's king in India for talks amid warming ties between neighbours.

Bhutan's King Jigme Singye Wangchuk arrived in New Delhi for a four-day state visit, his second trip this year to India, amid warming ties between the neighbours. India's foreign secretary, Shyam Saran, was at the airport on Monday to greet the monarch who paid a six-day visit to India in January.

Relations between the nations have strengthened since Bhutan staged a military operation in 2003 to turf out Indian separatist guerrilla groups based in the kingdom who were staging hit-and-run attacks on Indian targets.

The king was slated to hold wide-ranging talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to boost "bilateral cooperation in diversified fields" and meet cabinet ministers, a foreign ministry official said. India and the Himalayan kingdom signed a pact earlier this year to explore constructing a railway linking them and are keen to complete a 1,500-megawatt power project at Punatsangchu in Bhutan by the end of 2006.

The king announced the end of absolute monarchy with the publication earlier this year of a draft constitution to establish multi-party democracy by the end of 2005.

Singh was due to host an official dinner for the monarch during the visit, the Press Trust of India reported
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Queen of Bhutan, Ashi Sangay Choden Wangchuck, attends a Passing Out Parade at Sandhurst Military Academy on December 16, 2005 in Surrey, England

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Bhutan king announces abdication

Bhutan king announces abdication

The king of Bhutan says he will step down as ruler when the country holds its first national democratic elections in 2008, state media reported.

King Jigme Singye Wangchuck said he would be succeeded as leader of the remote Himalayan kingdom by his son, the crown prince.
The king, who has ruled for 33 years, gave up absolute power in 1998.
He currently rules in conjunction with the government, an assembly and a royal advisory council.
Prince of Butan, who will transform itself into King in 2008, initiated a campaign of "citizen seduction" that he included until the traditional "fight of pillows".

When Prince Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck, 25 years, found out the last week that his father, King de Bután, would leave the throne in two years, began to cross the country for "connecting itself" with his subject futures. Without wasting time, the future King of this small and mountainous nation of the south of Asia, located between India and China, went towards the city of Unemployment where he participated in traditional celebrations, according to the local newspaper "Kuensel" informs.

The article also says that Butan will not be a monarchy in 2008.
Constitutional Monarchy

fanletizia said:
The article also says that Butan will not be a monarchy in 2008.
It means that Bhutan will not be an absolute monarchy. As well as intending to abdicate in favour of his son, the King announced "I would like our people to know that the first national election to elect a government under a system of parliamentary democracy will take place in 2008." But he did not elaborate on what form the new government would take, nor did he say how much power the Palace would retain.
source: Telegraph, London
Warren said:
It means that Bhutan will not be an absolute monarchy. As well as intending to abdicate in favour of his son, the King announced "I would like our people to know that the first national election to elect a government under a system of parliamentary democracy will take place in 2008." But he did not elaborate on what form the new government would take, nor did he say how much power the Palace would retain.
source: Telegraph, London

The article says that crown prince could be prime minister in the democracy, nothing about to be the King.
If a King abdicates in favour of his son then the son will become King.
There is no suggestion in any other news reports I have read that the King is intending to abolish the Monarchy and dethrone his own dynasty.
The Queen of Bhutan Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangechuck (R) and her daughter Princess Ashi Sonam Dechan Wangchuck look on during a meeting with Sonia Gandhi, chief of India's Congress party, in New Delhi February 7, 2006

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Queen Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk, right, and Princess Ashi Sonam Dechen Wangchuk hold an image of Hindu Goddess Kali after they offered prayers at Kalighat Kali temple in Calcutta, India, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2006.

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I'm a bit curious with the Crown Prince of Bhutan after seeing his pictures on his arrival to Bangkok on June 11, 2006.
There's a profile from king of thailand's jubilee site) :

His Royal Highness Crown Prince Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck of Bhutan will be in Bangkok on behalf of his father, King Jigme Singye Wangchuck. Aged 26, the Crown Prince of Bhutan is unmarried. He completed his studies in the Foreign Service Program from Oxford University, national defense from National Defense College in India, and innovations in governance from Kennedy School of Governance, the United States.

Crown Prince Jigme, who is now the president of the Royal University of Bhutan, has an active role in numerous cultural, educational, and economic organizations. He paid several private visits to Thailand, where he once visited the Royal Project in Chiang Mai. The King of Bhutan has announced his intention to abdicate in 2008, and then the Crown Prince will succeed to the throne.
(photo & text from

he is 26 and will be king on 28. quite young, isn't it? and unmarried as well..
Here's a couple more old pictures of him :


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The Crown Prince of Bhutan and the Sheikh of Kuwait were delighted to have attended the celebration of His Majesty the King's 60th anniversary on the throne, caretaker Deputy Prime Minister Surakiart Sathirathai said yesterday.

Surakiart, who was assigned by caretaker Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra to organise events for the foreign royal members on Monday and Tuesday, visited the members of the Bhutanese and Kuwaiti royal families yesterday.

At 9.30am, Surakiart had an audience with His Royal Highness Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck of Bhutan at the Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel and spoke with him for nearly an hour.

"The Crown Prince told me he had met with several other kings and queens in his lifetime, but his dream was to meet the King of Thailand because he had closely followed the work of HM the King. So this occasion has made his dream come true," Surakiart said.
He said bilateral relations between Thailand and Bhutan were at their best, adding he expressed Thailand's readiness to share its knowledge and expertise with Bhutanese officials in the fields of agriculture and industry. At the same time, Thailand is also interested in learning from Bhutan, especially its success in environmental conservation.
16th June - Crown Prince of Bhutan in Phuket



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krissy_au said:
16th June - Crown Prince of Bhutan in Phuket
HRH Crown Prince Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck of Bhutan, wearing the official Diamond Jubilee yellow shirt for the Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej's 60th year celebrations of his rule, receives a flower garland arriving in Phuket, the resort island in southern Thailand, Friday 16 June 2006. Prince Jigme, is a keen watersports fan, including parasailing.

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He is still wearing the yellow t-shirt from King of Thailand's 60th jubilee.

Bhutan's visiting crown prince won hearts with grace, good manners
He comes from a small, remote country in the Himalayas. His name is long and difficult to pronounce, not to mention remember. But HRH Crown Prince Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck of Bhutan, who is to return to his country this morning, has a place in the hearts of many Thais _ particularly women _ who shorten his name to ''Prince Wangchuck''.

The Crown Prince has become the talk of the town after appearing among the royal guests in the live television broadcasts of the celebrations for the 60th anniversary of His Majesty the King's accession to the throne.
His admirers say they like him because he is smart, good-looking, polite and gentle. And that's not all.

At the age of 26, the Crown Prince has completed his studies in the foreign service programme at Oxford University, in national defence at the National Defence College in India, and in innovations in governance at the Kennedy School of Governance in the US.
He now has an active role in numerous cultural, educational and economic organisations in Bhutan and is to take over his father's throne in the next two years.

On a three-day private visit to Phuket, the Crown Prince impressed everyone who was granted an audience with him.
''He told us to take things easy, so that his visit would not become a burden on us. He thanked everyone for the warm welcome. He told us this was his first time in Phuket. He admired the province's charm and beauty and said he would come back again,''said Mr Udomsak.

June 18, 2006
Another royal visitor, HRH Crown Prince Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck of Bhutan, left the island yesterday evening after a three-day stay.
The Prince, a watersports enthusiast, spent his first day in Phuket sailing from the Royal Phuket Marina and then spent two days diving at Koh Maithon.
Ten deaf students from Phuket Special School turned out to see the Prince off at Phuket International Airport. The students had their photo taken with Prince Jigme and also taught him how to sign “I love you”.

(pictures from manager & phuketgazette)

June 19, 2006
Bhutan's Crown Prince Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck and MC Peesadej Rajani, Chairman of the Royal Project Foundation, look at photos in a camera. The crown prince visited MC Peesadej's residence on Monday.//photo by Nanthasit Nitmatha

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BANGKOK : Bhutan's 26-year-old crown prince, with his movie star looks, has become the latest heartthrob for Thai women after attending celebrations honoring the Thai king's 60th anniversary on the throne.

Crown Prince Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck has appeared almost daily in local media, which dubbed him "Prince Charming."

"He is smart, modest and polite, and most importantly he is very good-looking," Nattinee Bunsompoppun, a 32-year-old government official, told AFP



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HM King Jigme Singye Wangchuk
Photo 1 National Geographic
Photo 2 & 3 Getty

New Delhi, INDIA: King of Bhutan, Jigme Singye Wangchuck, (R), Indian President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, (C), and Bhutan's Crown Prince, Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck pause during a meeting at the Presidential Palace in New Delhi, 26 July 2006. Bhutanese King Jigme Singye Wangchuck is in India for a six-day official visit

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