Dorji Wangmo

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Dorji Wangmo
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Queen Mother Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck.
Queen mother of Bhutan
Tenure9 December 2006 - present
Born (1955-06-10) 10 June 1955 (age 64)
Nobgang, Punakha, Bhutan
Spouse
IssueSonam Dechen Wangchuck
Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck
Full name
Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck
HouseWangchuck (by marriage)
FatherYab Dasho Ugyen Dorji
MotherYum Thuji Zam
ReligionBuddhism
Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck of Bhutan at St Peter's College, Oxford, attending the graduation ceremony of her son, Prince Dasho Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck (left) on 29 September 2007

Queen Mother Dorji Wangmo (Dzongkha: རྡོ་རྗེ་དབང་མོ་དབང་ཕྱུག་; Wylie: Rdo-rje Dbang-mo Dbang-phyug) (born 10 June 1955, second daughter of Yab Dasho Ugyen Dorji and Yum Thuji Zam) is the Queen Mother (Gyalyum Kude, literally meaning "Queen Mother") of Bhutan, and first wife of former King Jigme Singye Wangchuck, who is married to four sisters all of whom were entitled to be called queen.[1][2]

Biography[edit]

Her father, Yab Dasho Ugyen Dorji (1925–2019), was the Founder and Proprietor of Ugyen Academy (03/04/2002).[3] Her mother is Yum Thuiji Zam (b. 1932).

Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck is the first wife of King Jigme Singye Wangchuck, the Fourth King of Bhutan.

She was educated at St. Helen's School, Kurseong, India.

She is the mother of Princess Ashi Sonam Dechen Wangchuck and Prince Dasho Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck.

Activities[edit]

The Queen Mother is not only an accomplished author but also a keen supporter of literary works, particularly among the youth. She has sponsored and edited a number of books on poetry and essays on issues of relevance to the country. She is the author of “Of Rainbows and Clouds” a story of Dasho Yab Ugyen Dorji (the Queen’s Father), which is not only a gripping family saga, but an illuminating window on Bhutanese culture, society and history.[4] Her second book “Treasures of the Thunder Dragon: A Portrait of Bhutan” is a blend of personal memoir, history, folklore and travelogue.[5] Her third book “Dochula: A Spiritual Abode in Bhutan“ is a documentation of the Druk Wangyel Complex consisting of the Lungchutse Lhakhang, 108 Druk Wangyel Stupas, the Druk Wangyel Lhakhang and the Druk Wangyel Tshechu.[6]

She was honoured with the Pope Francis Charity and Leadership Award at a ceremony, in recognition of the work done by Her Majesty’s Tarayana Foundation under her leadership. [7]

Children[edit]

She had, with the former king, the following children:

Name Birth Marriage Issue
Princess Ashi
Sonam Dechen Wangchuck (Photo)
(1981-08-05) 5 August 1981 (age 38) 5 April 2009 Dasho Phub W. Dorji[8][9] Dasho Jigje Singye Wangchuck[10]
((2009-12-11)11 December 2009)

Dasho Jigme Jigten Wangchuck[11]
((2013-08-23)23 August 2013)

Prince Dasho
Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck (Photo)
(1984-07-06) 6 July 1984 (age 35)

Notable published works[edit]

  • Of Rainbows and Clouds: The Life of Yab Ugyen Dorji As Told to His Daughter (1998).[12]
  • Treasures of the Thunder Dragon: A Portrait of Bhutan (2006).[13]
  • Dochula: A Spiritual Abode in Bhutan (2015).[14]

Patronages[edit]

  • Chief Patron to Ministry of Agriculture since 1999.
  • Chief Patron of “Mountain Echoes: a Literary Festival”.
  • Honorary President of Sherubtse College since 2000.
  • President and Founder of the Tarayana Foundation (TF) since 2003.[15]
  • Patron of the Folk Heritage Museum (FHM) [Phelchey Toenkhyim] since 2001.

Titles, styles, and honours[edit]

Styles of
Queen Mother Dorji Wangmo
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Reference styleHer Majesty
Spoken styleYour Majesty
Alternative styleGyalyum Kude

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 10 June 1955 – 1979: Ashi Dorji Wangmo
  • 1979 – 9 December 2006: Her Majesty Queen Dorji Wangmo, The Queen of Bhutan
  • 9 December 2006 – present: Her Majesty Queen Mother Dorji Wangmo, The Queen Mother of Bhutan

Honours[edit]

National honours[edit]

Foreign honours[edit]

  •  United States :
    • Italy Caritas in Veritate International: Pope Francis Award for Charity & Leadership (22/10/2016).[18]

Ancestry[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Monarchy and Royal family of Bhutan". Bhutan News Online. Archived from the original on 11 August 2002. Retrieved 2 July 2010.
  2. ^ "Bhutan crowns the new King". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 6 November 2008. Archived from the original on 5 October 2010. Retrieved 2 July 2010.
  3. ^ Ugyen Academy
  4. ^ Of Rainbows and Clouds: The Life of Yab Ugyen Dorji As Told to His Daughter
  5. ^ Treasures of the Thunder Dragon: A Portrait of Bhutan
  6. ^ Dochula: A Spiritual Abode in Bhutan
  7. ^ Queen Mother of Bhutan receives international award for charitable accomplishments
  8. ^ "bhutan4". royalark.net.
  9. ^ Bhutan Majestic Travel Archived 2011-08-31 at the Wayback Machine, Wedding news
  10. ^ First son
  11. ^ Facebook
  12. ^ Of Rainbows and Clouds: The Life of Yab Ugyen Dorji As Told to His Daughter
  13. ^ Treasures of the Thunder Dragon: A Portrait of Bhutan
  14. ^ Dochula: A Spiritual Abode in Bhutan
  15. ^ Tarayana Foundation
  16. ^ Royal Ark
  17. ^ Royal Ark
  18. ^ Tarayana Foundation
Dorji Wangmo
Born: 29 December 1955
Bhutanese royalty
Preceded by
Kesang Choden
Queen consort of Bhutan
1979–2006
Succeeded by
Jetsun Pema
Preceded by
Kesang Choden
Queen Mother of Bhutan
2006–present
Incumbent