History Itinerary

World Economic Forum choses His Majesty the King as young global leader

Book titled 100 years of Monarchy

STING in Bhutan

Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal Bhutan’s Founder’s Advice

His Majesty grants audience to the 47 National Assembly members and the 25 National council members

Bhutan 100th National Day Speech by His Majesty The Fifth King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuk to the Nation.

His Royal Highness Dasho Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck receives Red Scarf from His Majesty King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuk.

Coronation of His Majesty The Fifth King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuk

The Changlingmithang stadium which is being rebuilt will be ready by May

His Majesty the fourth Druk Gyalpo, Bhutan and her people are ready for democracy

Bhutan becomes the youngest member in the club of parliamentary democracies

Bhutan : Happiness vs Development

Bhutan looking back at 2007 Part I

Bhutan looking back at 2007 Part II

What should the Bhutanese Voters expect in 2008?

2008 Unique year for Bhutan

Bhutan prepares for 42nd Smithsonian folk life festival

His Majesty addresses 87th National Assembly

His Majesty awarded the Red Scarf and Patangs

His Majesty grants audience to SAARC Secretary General

Bhutan 10th Round Table Meeting

Results from the 10th Round Table Meeting

European Commission to commit 14 million euros to Bhutan

His Majesty the King grant audiance to Ambassadors of European Commission and Norway

Bhutan visit by Ambassadors of Austria and the Netherlands

His Majesty the King grant audiance to Thai Ambassador

His Majesty’s 28th Birthday Celebrations

KINGS OF BHUTAN

Bhutan First King Ugyen Wangchuk

Sir Ugyen Wangchuck
(1861–1926)

The first king of Bhutan from 1907 to 1926. He was the Penlop (governor) of Tongsa. From his power base in central Bhutan, Ugyen Wangchuk had defeated his political enemies and united the country following several civil wars and rebellions in 1882-1885. In what was an epochal year for the country, in 1907 Ugyen Wangchuk was unanimously chosen as the heredity king of the country by the people. For his services to the Francis Young Husband expedition to Lhasa, Tibet, he was knighted by the British in 1904.

King Jigme Wangcuk

King Jigme Wangchuk
(1902/1906 – March 30, 1952)

The Second of king of Bhutan from August 21, 1926 until his death. Under his reign, Bhutan continued to maintain almost complete isolation from the outside world,
with the United Kingdom, then the colonial power in India responsible for foreign affairs. This responsibility was transferred to India in 1949, shortly after that country gained independence. He was succeeded by his son, Jigme Dorji Wangchuk.

King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk

King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk
(May 2, 1929 – July 15/21, 1972)

The third king of Bhutan. He ended his country’s isolation, introduced modernity, and took the first steps toward democratization. Upon succeeding his father, Jigme Wangchuk, on October 27, 1952, Jigme Dorji Wangchuk put an end to feudalism in the country and released all of the remaining serfs. He encouraged certain modern inventions to assist the local peasantry and introduced wheeled vehicles, where previously the transportation of crops and people was done manually.In 1959, the People’s Republic of China occupied Tibet, a country with which Bhutan had a long-established relationship. This encouraged the king to foster stronger ties with the outside world and culminated with Bhutan joining the United Nations in 1971. At the same time, he empowered the National Assembly to remove him and his successors with a two-thirds majority. King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk suffered his first heart attack at the age of twenty, and made frequent visits overseas for medical treatment. He died in Nairobi, Kenya, where he was receiving medical treatment in 1972, and was succeeded by his son, Jigme Singye Wangchuk.

King Jigme Singye Wangchuk

Druk Gyalpo Jigme Singye Wangchuk (November 11, 1955)

is the fourth King of Bhutan. He was born November 11, 1955 and succeeded to the throne at the age of 17, in 1972, after the death of his father, Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. He was formally crowned on June 2, 1974 in a coronation noted for inviting foreign dignitaries, thus signalling the end of the long isolation of the country. He is also called “Druk Gyalpo“, meaning “Dragon King“. He was educated in Bhutan and the UK. He has continued his father’s policies of slow modernization while still trying to preserve Bhutanese culture. In 1988 he instituted the policy of Driglam Namzha (Etiquette and Manners) which required all citizens to wear traditional clothing while in public, and established the requirement of teaching Dzongkha (the national language) in schools. In 1998 he voluntarily reduced the scope of his absolute powers, and now formally rules with the advice of his government. In late 2003, he ordered Bhutan’s first military campaign in well over a century, to roust Assamese separatists who were using Bhutanese territory to launch raids against targets in India (see History of Bhutan). Campaigns have also been launched against Nepali separatists in the south of the country. By all accounts he maintains a simple lifestyle— preferring to work in a small log cabin above the capital, Thimphu, rather than in the fortress-like palace used by his four queens (all of whom are sisters) and the National Assembly. In the West he has become noted for his stated goal of seeking to maximize “Gross National Happiness” for his country rather than “Gross National Product”.

King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuk

5th King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk (February 21, 1980)

On December 17 2005 His Majesty King Jigme Singye Wangchuk announced that from 2008 he will abdicate the throne to the Crown Prince His Highness Prince Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuk of Bhutan .

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KING UGYEN WANGCHUCK (First King) ( 1907-1926 AD)

Ugyen Wangchuk ( 1907-1926 AD) was the son of Jigme Namgyel . He was born in 1862 . He was an able administrator and a wise diplomat. He took several reforms and introduced the system of western education. He opened many schools. He signed a new Anglo-Bhutanese Treaty with British India in 1910. He ruled for 19 years. He died in August 21, 1926. He was married to Queen Ashi Tsendue Lhamo. His son Jigme Wangchuk became the second King of Bhutan after his death.

KING JIGME WANGCHUK (Second King) ( 1926-1952 AD)

King Jijme Wangchuk ( 1926-1952 AD) was born in 1905. As the eldest son of King Ugen Wangchuk, he received education in English, Hindi and Buddhist literature. During his reign, Bhutan started to forsake its self-imposed isolation. In 1947 Bhutan participated in the Asian relations Conference in New Delhi, India. The Treaty of perpetual peace and friendship between the government of Independent India and Bhutan was signed in Darjeeling, on 08 August 1949. This Treaty governs the modern day Indo-Bhutan relations. Bhutan agreed to be guided by the advice of India in regard to its foreign relations, according to this Treaty. He was married to Queen Ashi Phuntsho Chhoedon

KING JIGME DORJI WANGCHUK (Third King) Father of Nation ( 1952-1972)

King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk ( 1952-1972) was born in 1928. He learned English and Hindi languages at early childhood. He ascended to throne as the third king in 1952. During his 20 years reign, Bhutan emerged as a modern nation. Bhutan achieved all-round development during his reign. He was a far-sighted monarch. He introduced land reforms putting a landholding ceiling of 30 acres. He distributed lands to land-less citizens. He put a ban on slavery and serfdom. He established a High court and reorganized the judicial system. In 1953, he established the Tshogdu or National assembly – Bhutan’s first unicameral Parliament. He established the Royal Advisory Council in 1963. During his reign Bhutan’s first planned economic development plan was drafted. In 1961, a five year economic development pan was launched for the years 1961-1966. Bhutan is still following this five-year economic development plan. He created Bhutan’s first Council of Ministers in 1968. In 1963, Bhutan joined the Colombo Plan. During his 20 years reign, 1770 Km of roads were constructed, the number of schools rose to 102 and 6 hospitals were established. In 1971, he set up a Planning Commission. Bhutan was admitted to the United Nations in 1971. He died on 21 July, 1972. He was the main architect of modern Bhutan he was married to Queen Ashi Kelzang Chhoedon wangchuk.

HIS MAJESTY KING JIGME SINGYE WANGCHUK (Fourth King)

The fourth hereditary and the current King Jime Singye Wangchuck ( 1972 -) was born on 11 November 1955. His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuk, King of Bhutan is the reigning monarch and head of Bhutanese Royal Family. He received modern education. He briefly studied in India and the United Kingdom. He returned to the Ugyen Wangchuck Academy in Paro, Bhutan in 1970. However, he could not complete his school education due to the sudden death of his father. He became king on 23 July 1972 at the age of 17. His official coronation was held on June 02, 1974.

In 1979 His Majesty King Jime Singye Wangchuk married four sisters – Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk, Ashi Tshering Pem Wangchuk, Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuk and Ashi Sangay Choden Wangchuk as queens. An official royal wedding and a public ceremony was held on 31 October 1988. They five princes and five princesses. HRH Dasho Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuk is the Crown Prince.

His Majesty King Jime Singye Wangchuk also carried forward the socio-economic progress of the country initiated by his father. Bhutan has made tremendous progress in the filed of communications, hydro-electric power development, education, health, financial sector, environmental protection, and industrial and infrastructural development during his reign. The per capita GDP stood at its highest of US$ 712.8 (Nu 32,006) in 2000.

Bhutan became the member of. ESCAP in 1972, NAM in 1973, IFAD, IMF, IBRD, IDA and FAO in 1981, WHO, UNESCO and ADB in 1982, UNIDO in 1983, ITU in 1988, ICAO in 1989, ECOSOC in 1992.

Under his reign, Bhutan established diplomatic relations with Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden, EEC, Norway and Netherlands Kuwait, Japan, Finland, South Korea, Austria, Thailand, Bahrain, Hong Kong, Singapore, Macaw, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Pakistan , Bangladesh, India and Nepal.