Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck

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Prince Dasho Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck
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Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck welcomes visitors in Washington in 2008
Born (1984-07-16) 16 July 1984 (age 35)[1]
New Delhi, India[2]
FatherJigme Singye Wangchuck
MotherDorji Wangmo

Prince Dasho Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck (born 16 July 1984) is a Bhutanese prince. Born as the second son of then-King of Bhutan Jigme Singye Wangchuck, he was the heir presumptive to the throne of Bhutan until 5 February 2016, when his nephew Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck, his older half-brother and current King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck's son, was born.

Prince Jigyel Ugyen is the second son of King Jigme Singye Wangchuck from Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck. He has an older sister, Princess Ashi Sonam Dechen Wangchuck, as well as four half-brothers and four half-sisters.


He was educated at Yangchenphug Higher Secondary School, then Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, Connecticut, USA, graduating in 2003. He read Modern History and Political Science at St Peter's College, Oxford, in the United Kingdom starting in 2003 and graduating in 2007.

Royal Duties[edit]

Sharing responsibilities with his siblings, Prince Jigyel Ugyen travels extensively to represent the King in various functions in Bhutan as well as abroad. In 2008 he travelled to the Smithsonian Folklife Festival where he delivered an opening address[3] before roaming the festival area,[4] and interacting with visitors. At the end of the festival, he travelled with several performers to attend the Bhutan Festival 2008 at the University of Texas at El Paso.[5]

As the King's representative and President to the Bhutan Olympic Committee (BOC),[6] he visited Copenhagen in order to attend the XIII Olympic Congress in 2009.[7]

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

He was appointed to the Chairmanship during the 34th General Assembly of the Olympic Council of Asia, held in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan and will chair the committee for four years from 2015-2019.[8] On the 9th of October, 2018, His Royal Highness was elected as an International Olympic Committee member, whose candidature was linked to a function within the NOC, that is the Bhutan Olympic Committee.[9]

Personal Interest[edit]

He and his brothers share interests in various sporting activities, such as archery, basketball, golf, football and cycling.[10]

He initiated the Tour of the Dragon in Bhutan, a mountain bike race covering 268 km, from central to western Bhutan in 2010.

Humanitarian Cause[edit]

The prince with his sister, Princess Ashi Sonam Dechen, are collaborating in Tarayana Foundation (TF) as board members. Founded by their mother, Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo, the foundation focuses on various efforts to reduce poverty in Bhutan. The prince is also the Founder of Bhutan Philanthropy Ventures a social enterprise established to support the Tarayana Foundation.

Titles, styles, and honours[edit]

Styles of
Prince Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck
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Reference styleHis Royal Highness
Spoken styleYour Royal Highness
Alternative styleDasho

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See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Royal Ark". 4dw.net.
  2. ^ "Olympic Council of Asia : Council". www.ocasia.org.
  3. ^ "Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2008, Bhutan: Land of the Thunder Dragon".
  4. ^ "Stories from the Folklife Festival: The Bhutanese Prince, NASA people - ChandraBlog - Fresh Chandra News". chandra.harvard.edu.
  5. ^ Index, Admin Portal. "Admin Portal Index > Home". admin.utep.edu.
  6. ^ Kuwait pledges USD 100,000 a year
  7. ^ HRH Prince Jigyel to attend the XIII Olympic congress in Copenhagen
  8. ^ "HRH Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck appointed as Chairman of IRC of Olympic Council of Asia - BBS". 17 September 2015.
  9. ^ https://www.olympic.org/hrh-jigyel-ugyen-wangchuck
  10. ^ Ugyen Yoeser wins
  11. ^ a b c "bhutan4". www.royalark.net.
  12. ^ "Bhutan Majestic Travel". Archived from the original on 23 October 2012.
  13. ^ "King gives red scarf to his brother". 29 August 2007.

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Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck
Born: 16 July 1984
Bhutanese royalty
Preceded by
Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck
Heir to the Bhutanese throne
Succeeded by
Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck
Lines of succession
Preceded by
Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck
Line of succession to the Bhutanese throne
2nd position
Succeeded by
Khamsum Singye Wangchuck