Dorji Wangmo

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Dorji Wangmo
Queen mother of Bhutan
Predecessor Kesang Choden
Born (1955-06-10) 10 June 1955 (age 63)
Nobgang, Punakha, Bhutan
Spouse Jigme Singye Wangchuck
Issue Sonam Dechen Wangchuck
Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck
Full name
Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck
House Wangchuck (by marriage)
Father Dasho Yab Ugyen Dorji
Mother Yum Thuji Zam
Religion Buddhism
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

Queen Mother Dorji Wangmo (Dzongkha: རྡོ་རྗེ་དབང་མོ་དབང་ཕྱུག་; Wylie: Rdo-rje Dbang-mo Dbang-phyug) (born 10 June 1955, second daughter of Dasho Yab Ugyen Dorji and Yum Thuji Zam) is the Queen Mother (Gyalyum Kude, literally meaning "Queen Mother") of Bhutan, and first wife of former King Jigme Singye Wangchuck, who is married to four sisters all of whom were entitled to be called queen.[1][2]

Biography[edit]

Her father, Dasho Yab Ugyen Dorji (b. 1925), is the Founder and Proprietor of Ugyen Academy (03/04/2002).[3] Her mother is Yum Thuiji Zam (b. 1932).

Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck is the first wife of King Jigme Singye Wangchuck, the Fourth King of Bhutan.

She was educated at St. Helen's School, Kurseong, India.

She is the mother of Princess Ashi Sonam Dechen Wangchuck and Prince Dasho Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck.

Activities[edit]

The Queen Mother is not only an accomplished author but also a keen supporter of literary works, particularly among the youth. She has sponsored and edited a number of books on poetry and essays on issues of relevance to the country. She is the author of “Of Rainbows and Clouds” a story of Dasho Yab Ugyen Dorji (the Queen’s Father), which is not only a gripping family saga, but an illuminating window on Bhutanese culture, society and history.[4] Her second book “Treasures of the Thunder Dragon: A Portrait of Bhutan” is a blend of personal memoir, history, folklore and travelogue.[5] Her third book “Dochula: A Spiritual Abode in Bhutan“ is a documentation of the Druk Wangyel Complex consisting of the Lungchutse Lhakhang, 108 Druk Wangyel Stupas, the Druk Wangyel Lhakhang and the Druk Wangyel Tshechu.[6]

She was honoured with the Pope Francis Charity and Leadership Award at a ceremony, in recognition of the work done by Her Majesty’s Tarayana Foundation under her leadership. [7]

Children[edit]

She had, with the former king, the following children:

Name Birth Marriage Issue
Princess Ashi
Sonam Dechen Wangchuck (Photo)
(1981-08-05) 5 August 1981 (age 37) 5 April 2009 Dasho Phub W. Dorji[8][9] Dasho Jigje Singye Wangchuck[10]
((2009-12-11)11 December 2009)

Dasho Jigme Jigten Wangchuck[11]
((2013-08-23)23 August 2013)

Prince Dasho
Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck (Photo)
(1984-07-06) 6 July 1984 (age 34)

Notable published works[edit]

  • Of Rainbows and Clouds: The Life of Yab Ugyen Dorji As Told to His Daughter (1998).[12]
  • Treasures of the Thunder Dragon: A Portrait of Bhutan (2006).[13]
  • Dochula: A Spiritual Abode in Bhutan (2015).[14]

Patronages[edit]

  • Chief Patron to Ministry of Agriculture since 1999.
  • Chief Patron of “Mountain Echoes: a Literary Festival”.
  • Honorary President of Sherubtse College since 2000.
  • President and Founder of the Tarayana Foundation (TF) since 2003.[15]
  • Patron of the Folk Heritage Museum (FHM) [Phelchey Toenkhyim] since 2001.

Titles, styles, and honours[edit]

Styles of
Queen Mother Dorji Wangmo
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Reference style Her Majesty
Spoken style Your Majesty
Alternative style Gyalyum Kude

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 10 June 1955 – 1979: Ashi Dorji Wangmo
  • 1979 – 9 December 2006: Her Majesty Queen Dorji Wangmo, The Queen of Bhutan
  • 9 December 2006 – present: Her Majesty Queen Mother Dorji Wangmo, The Queen Mother of Bhutan

Honours[edit]

National honours[edit]

Foreign honours[edit]

  •  United States :
    • Italy Caritas in Veritate International: Pope Francis Award for Charity & Leadership (22/10/2016).[18]

Ancestry[edit]

References[edit]

Dorji Wangmo
Born: 29 December 1955
Bhutanese royalty
Preceded by
Kesang Choden
Queen Mother of Bhutan
2006–present
Incumbent