Jigme Wangchuck

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Jigme Wangchuck
Jigme Wangchuck Name.svg
Druk Gyalpo
King of Bhutan
Reign26 August 1926 – 30 March 1952
Coronation14 March 1927 [1]
PredecessorUgyen Wangchuck
SuccessorJigme Dorji Wangchuck
Kuenga Rabten Palace
Died(1952-03-30)30 March 1952 (aged 47)
Kuenga Rabten Palace, Dragteng Gewog, Trongsa[2]
Cremated at Kurjey Lhakhang
Spouse1st consort-Phuntsho Choden
2nd consort-Pema Dechen
IssueKing Jigme Dorji Wangchuck
Princess Choki Wangmo Wangchuck
Prince Namgyel Wangchuck
Princess Deki Yangzom Wangchuck
Princess Pema Choden Wangchuck
HouseHouse of Wangchuck
FatherUgyen Wangchuck
MotherTsundue Pema Lhamo

Jigme Wangchuck (Dzongkha: འཇིགས་མེད་དབང་ཕྱུག, Wylie: 'jigs med dbang phyug; 1905 – 30 March 1952) was the Druk Gyalpo or king of Bhutan from 21 August 1926, until his death. He was the eldest son of King Ugyen Wangchuck and was educated in English, Hindi and Buddhist literature.

Under his reign, Bhutan continued to maintain almost complete isolation from the outside world, maintaining only limited relations with the British Raj in India. He was succeeded by his son, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck.[3]


HM The Second King, Jigme Wangchuck, had five children with his two cross cousins, Ashi Phuntsho Choden and her sister, Ashi Pema Dechen:[4]

  • The Third King (Druk Gyalpo) Jigme Dorji Wangchuck (by his first wife).
  • Princess (Druk Gyalsem) Choki Wangmo Wangchuck (by his second wife).
  • Prince (Druk Gyalsey) Namgyel Wangchuck, 26th Penlop of Paro (by his second wife).
  • Princess (Druk Gyalsem) Deki Yangzom Wangchuck (by his second wife).
  • Princess (Druk Gyalsem) Pema Choden Wangchuck (by his second wife).

Princess Choki Wangmo Wangchuck has two daughters, Ashi Deki Choden and Ashi Sonam Yulgyal.

Princess Deki Yangzom Wangchuck has five children; Ashi Lhazen Nizal Rica, Dasho Jigme Namgyel, Dasho Wangchuck Dorji Namgyel, Ashi Yiwang Pindarica and Ashi Namzay Kumutha.

Princess Pema Choden Wangchuck has four children; Ashi Namden, Dasho Namgyel Dawa (Tulku Namgyel Rinpoche), Dasho Wangchen Dawa (Kathok Situ Rinpoche) and Dasho Leon Rabten.


National honours[edit]

  •  Bhutan :
    • Maharaja Ugyen Wangchuck Medal.gif Maharaja Ugyen Wangchuck Medal 1st class in gold (17/11/1909).[1]

Foreign honours[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e Royal Ark
  2. ^ www.bhutanculturalatlas.org
  3. ^ WANGCHUCK DYNASTY. 100 Years of Enlightened Monarchy in Bhutan. Lham Dorji
  4. ^ WANGCHUCK DYNASTY. 100 Years of Enlightened Monarchy in Bhutan. Lham Dorji
  5. ^ "Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood" (PDF). 33256. London Gazette. 1927-03-11: 1601. Retrieved 2011-08-11. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  6. ^ London Gazette, 3 June 1930
Jigme Wangchuck
Born: 1905 Died: 30 March 1952
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Ugyen Wangchuck
King of Bhutan
Succeeded by
Jigme Dorji Wangchuck