Druk Gyalpo

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Druk Gyalpo of Bhutan
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Style His Majesty
Heir presumptive Prince Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck
First monarch Sir Ugyen Wangchuk
Formation 1907
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The Druk Gyalpo (Dzongkha: འབྲུག་རྒྱལ་པོ་; Wylie: 'brug rgyal-po; "Dragon King") is the head of state of Bhutan.[1] He is also known in English as the King of Bhutan. Bhutan, in the local Dzongkha language, is known as Dryukyul which translates as "The Land of Dragons". Thus, while Kings of Bhutan are known as Druk Gyalpo ("Dragon King"), the Bhutanese people call themselves the Drukpa, meaning "Dragon people".

The current ruler of Bhutan is the 5th Hereditary King His Majesty Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, who is the 5th Druk Gyalpo.[2] He wears the Raven Crown which is the official Crown worn by the Monarchs of Bhutan. He is correctly styled "Mi'wang 'Ngada Rimboche" ("His Majesty") and addressed "'Ngada Rimboche" ("Your Majesty").[3][4]

The current Druk Gyalpo Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck is the second youngest reigning monarch in the world.[5] He ascended to the throne in November 2008 after his father, Jigme Singye Wangchuk, abdicated the throne in his favor.[2]

List of Druk Gyalpos[edit]

The Hereditary Dragon Kings of Bhutan:[6]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Article 2: The Institution of Monarchy". The Constitution of the Kingdom of Bhutan. ISBN 99936-754-0-7. 
  2. ^ a b "A Legacy of Two Kings". Bhutan 2008. 
  3. ^ "༈ རྫོང་ཁ་ཨིང་ལིཤ་ཤན་སྦྱར་ཚིག་མཛོད། ༼མི༽" [Dzongkha-English Dictionary: "MI"]. Dzongkha-English Online Dictionary. Dzongkha Development Commission, Government of Bhutan. Retrieved 2011-10-30. 
  4. ^ "༈ རྫོང་ཁ་ཨིང་ལིཤ་ཤན་སྦྱར་ཚིག་མཛོད། ༼མང-༽" [Dzongkha-English Dictionary: "MNGA"]. Dzongkha-English Online Dictionary. Dzongkha Development Commission, Government of Bhutan. Retrieved 2011-10-30. 
  5. ^ "Himalayan state crowns youngest king in the world". France 24. 6 November 2008. 
  6. ^ "Hundred years of Monarchy: A walk down the memory lane". Bhutan 2008.