Kings Of Bhutan
1st King of Bhutan – Ugyen Wangchuk (1862-1926)
The First Druk Gyalpo was also known as Gongsa Ugyen Wangchuck. He was born in the year 1862 to Trongsa Penlop Jigme Namgyel and Ashi Pema Choki at Wangduecholing Palace in Bumthang. His preparation as a fighter started at an exceptionally youthful age. He founded the “Buddhist Monarchy” in 1907. His endeavors to make Bhutan a peaceful nation drove him to build the country on the foundation of dharma, peace and spirituality. He brought long-lasting peace and harmony to the Kingdom of Bhutan. The day of his coronation, December 17, is celebrated as the “National Day of Bhutan”
2nd King of Bhutan – Jigme Wangchuk (1905-1952)
The second Druk Gyalpo was born in 1905 and he was throne in 1926. In order to fulfill his father’s wishes to create “Fair and Justice Society”, first thing was to reform the taxation system which was a big burden to people. Henceforth the taxes should be paid directly to the government without referring to the Dzongkhag officials and some of the taxes were abolished.
3rd King of Bhutan – Jigme Dorji Wangchuk (1929-1972)
Jigme Dorji Wangchuck was the Third Druk Gyalpo of Bhutan. He was someone who is credited for ushering in a new era in modern Bhutan and is often regarded as the father of modern Bhutan for the dynamic changes that he brought about in the country during his reign as the king. Among his numerous achievements, his most impressive was ensuring that Bhutan became a member of the United Nations and made the country a part of the global diplomatic circle with modern education as top priority.
4th King of Bhutan – Jigme Singye Wangchuk
Jigme Singye Wangchuck was born on 11 November 1955 ascended the throne when he was just 17 years old, making him the youngest monarch in the world. He is also known for his efforts to preserve Bhutan’s rich cultural heritage and natural environment. The king felt that “Gross National Happiness is more essential than Gross National Product,” and this became the guideline for the measurement of development in the country. Bhutan saw remarkable development under the authority of the ruler. He is regarded as great fourth.
5th King of Bhutan – Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk
Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk was born in February 21, 1980 and was coroneted in ceremony on November 1, 2008, the year that marks the 100 years of monarchy in Bhutan. He is a proponent of democracy and strives to achieve improved standards in civil service, education and business sectors and in this pursuit travels widely across Bhutan meeting and encouraging the youth, referring future of Bhutan. He is loved by one and all and regarded as people’s king in Bhutan.