Queen Jetsun Pema of Bhutan

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Jetsun Pema
Queen consort of Bhutan
Proclamation 13 October 2011
Predecessor Tshering Yangdon
Spouse Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck
Full name
Jetsun Pema [fn 1]
Father Dhondup Gyaltshen
Mother Sonam Chuki
Born (1990-06-04) 4 June 1990 (age 24)
Thimphu Hospital,
Thimphu, Bhutan
Religion Buddhism

This name uses Bhutanese naming customs. Bhutanese people have two given names, neither of which is a surname or family name unless they are descended from royal or noble lineages.

Monarchical styles of
Queen Jetsun Pema of Bhutan
Emblem of Queen Jetsun Pema of Bhutan.PNG
Reference style Her Majesty
Spoken style Your Majesty

Queen Ashi Jetsun Pema (Dzongkha: རྗེ་བཙུན་པདྨ་; Wylie: rje btsun padma; born 4 June 1990) is the Queen consort (Druk Gyaltsuen, literally meaning "Dragon Queen") of Bhutan, as the wife of King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck.

Early life[edit]

Queen Jetsun Pema was born in Thimphu on 4 June 1990. Her Majesty’s father, Dhondup Gyaltshen is the grandson of Trashigang Dzongpon Dopola (Governor of Trashigang). Her Majesty's mother, Sonam Chuki comes from the family of Bumthang Pangtey (one of the first noble families of Bhutan).

Queen Jetsun is the second eldest of five children. Her four siblings include: two brothers, Thinlay Norbu and Jigme Namgyal and two sisters, Serchen Doma and Yeatso Lhamo (who is the eldest, and the wife of her brother-in-law, Prince Jigme Dorji).[1][2][3][4]

Queen Jetsun Pema's early education took place in Thimphu at the Little Dragon School, the Sunshine School (1995–96) and finally the Changangkha Lower Secondary School (1997–98). She then received a convent education at St. Joseph's Convent in Kalimpong, West Bengal, India, from 1999–2000. She pursued her secondary education at the Lungtenzampa Middle Secondary School in Thimphu from 2001 to 2005 and moved to the Lawrence School, Sanawar, in Solan Himachal Pradesh, India, in April 2006.[5] She joined Lawrence as a Class-XI student and chose to study English, history, geography, economics and painting. She completed her Higher Secondary education on 31 March 2008.[6] She then began her tertiary education by enrolling at Regent's College in London,[2][7] where she read International Relations with Psychology and Art History as minor subjects.[1]


On 20 May 2011, during the opening of the Parliament's seventh session, King Jigme Khesar announced that he would marry Jetsun Pema in October 2011. During the announcement, he said:

"While she is young, she is warm and kind in heart and character. These qualities together with the wisdom that will come with age and experience will make her a great servant to the nation."[2]

Khesar has also commented:

"Jetsun Pema is a kind-hearted girl who is very supportive and whom I can trust. I cannot say how she might appear to the people, but to me, she is the one."[8]

King Jigme Khesar and Jetsun Pema married on 13 October 2011, at Punakha Dzong.[2] The royal wedding ceremony was held first in Punakha, followed by formal visits to different parts of the country. During the ceremony, the King also received the Crown of the Druk Gyal-tsuen from the sacred Machhen and bestowed it on Jetsun Pema, thereby formally proclaiming her as the Queen of the Kingdom of Bhutan.[9]

The wedding was held in traditional style with the "blessings of the guardian deities." Although Bhutan allows polygamy, the king said that he would never marry another woman, and that Jetsun Pema will be his only wife in the future.[2] For their marriage, the Netherlands sent the royal couple tulips and named one "Queen of Bhutan" after her.[10]

Royal duties[edit]

Following her wedding to the King, Her Majesty Queen Jetsun Pema Wangchuck has joined him on several trips abroad to: India,[11] Singapore,[12] Japan[13] and the United Kingdom.[14] Her Majesty accompanies His Majesty on all royal tours around the country and often visits India due to its proximity to Bhutan.

She launched “Jewel In The Crown”, a collection of digital illustrations of the Royal Wedding on 19 January 2013 at the Taj Tashi in Thimphu. Priced at Nu. 1,200, the book was sold at selected bookshops in Thimphu.[15]

Her Majesty is the Patron of Ability Bhutan Society, Royal Society for Protection of Nature, Jigten Wangchuk Tshogpa, Bhutan Kidney Foundation and is the UNEP Ozone Ambassador.

Private life[edit]

The Queen's interests include fine arts, painting and basketball.[16] She captained her school team in basketball games and maintains her interests even after school life.[1] Her Majesty's other diversions during her school days included participation in school bands and dance programmes. Besides Dzongkha, the national language of Bhutan, she is fluent in English and Hindi.[4]


  1. ^ a b c "Know the royal bride". Businessbhutan. Retrieved 27 May 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Royal Wedding in October". Bhutan Observer. Retrieved 26 May 2011. 
  3. ^ "Bhutan's King Is Set to Marry – Royal Wedding". Empowered News. Retrieved 27 May 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Himachal-educated girl to marry Bhutan king". MSN News. Retrieved 27 May 2011. 
  5. ^ Anand Bodh, Bhutan king to wed Sanawar girl dated 22 May 2011, from Times of India at indiatimes.com, accessed 14 March 2012.
  6. ^ "Lawrence School, Sanawar in celebration mode". The Times of India. 13 October 2011. Retrieved 13 October 2011. 
  7. ^ "Bhutan king to wed Sanawar girl". Times of India. 22 May 2011. Retrieved 27 May 2011. 
  8. ^ "Another Monarch Off the Market: Bhutan's King to Wed a Commoner". TIME News Feed. 23 May 2011. Retrieved 27 May 2011. 
  9. ^ http://princesseshub.wordpress.com/
  10. ^ "Bhutan News". Retrieved https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Jetsun_Pema&action=edit&section=2&editintro=Template:BLP_editintro#.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  11. ^ "Bhutan's royal couple in India on nine-day visit". Zee News. 24 October 2011. Retrieved 25 June 2012. 
  12. ^ "Bhutan's royal couple in S'pore for private visit". Asia One. 1 November 2011. Retrieved 25 June 2012. 
  13. ^ "New style icon of the Orient Queen Jetsun Pema makes Bhutan proud on Japan visit". Hello Magazine. 17 November 2011. Retrieved 25 June 2012. 
  14. ^ "Queen Jetsun debuts chic sense of style on UK trip". Hello Magazine. 25 November 2011. Retrieved 25 June 2012. 
  15. ^ "Jewel In The Crown". Retrieved 9 August 2014. 
  16. ^ "Spike in Bhutan's happiness index". The Hindu. India. Retrieved 27 May 2011. 
  1. ^ Women in Bhutan retain their names upon marriage.

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Queen Jetsun Pema of Bhutan
Born: 4 June 1990
Royal titles
Preceded by
Tshering Yangdon
Queen consort of Bhutan