Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck

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Prince Dasho Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck
House House of Wangchuck
Father Jigme Singye Wangchuck
Mother Dorji Wangmo
Born (1984-07-16) 16 July 1984 (age 30)
Religion Buddhism

Prince Dasho Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck (born 16 July 1984[1]) is the heir presumptive to the throne of Bhutan, following the abdication of his father on 14 December 2006 and the accession of his brother King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck.

Prince Jigyel Ugyen is the second son of King Jigme Singye Wangchuck from Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo. He has an older sister, Princess Sonam Dechan, 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 history and politics 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[2] before roaming the festival area,[3] and interacting with visitors.University of Texas at El Paso.[4]

As the King's representative to the Bhutan Olympic Committee,[5] he visited Copenhagen in order to attend the XIII Olympic Congress in 2009.[6]

Personal Interest[edit]

He and his brothers share interests in various sporting activities, such as archery, basketball, and cycling.[7]

Humanitarian Cause[edit]

The prince with his sister, Princess Sonam Dechan, serve in Tarayana Foundation executive board. Founded by their mother, Queen Ashi Dorji Wangmo, the foundation focuses on various efforts to reduce poverty in Bhutan.


National honours[edit]

  •  Bhutan :
    • Commemorative Silver Jubilee Medal of His Majesty The King (02061999).png Commemorative Silver Jubilee Medal of King Jigme Singye (02/06/1999).
    • The Royal Scarf (28/08/2007).[8][9]
    • King Jigme Khesar Investiture Medal 2008.gif King Jigme Khesar Investiture Medal (06/11/2008).[10]


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Styles of
Prince Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck
Reference style His Royal Highness
Spoken style Your Royal Highness
Alternative style Dasho
Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck
Born: 16 July 1984
Bhutanese royalty
Line of succession to the Bhutanese Throne
1st position
Succeeded by
Khamsum Singhye Wangchuck