Jigme Wangchuck

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Jigme Wangchuk
Jigme Wangchuck Name.svg
Druk Gyalpo
King of Bhutan
Reign26 August 1926 – 30 March 1952
Coronation14 March 1927[citation needed]
PredecessorUgyen Wangchuck
SuccessorJigme Dorji Wangchuck
Kuenga Rabten Palace
Died(1952-03-30)30 March 1952 (aged 47)
Kuenga Rabten Palace, Dragteng Gewog, Trongsa[1]
Cremated at Kurjey Lhakhang
Spouse1st consort-Phuntsho Choden
2nd consort-Pema Dechen
IssueKing Jigme Dorji Wangchuck
Princess Choki Wangmo Wangchuck
Prince Namgyel Wangchuck
Princess Deki Yangzom Wangchuck
Princess Pema Choden Wangchuck
HouseHouse of Wangchuck
FatherUgyen Wangchuck
MotherTsundue Pema Lhamo
Picture of King Jigme Wangchuck at Paro International Airport
Picture of King Jigme Wangchuck at Paro International Airport

Jigme Wangchuck (Dzongkha: འཇིགས་མེད་དབང་ཕྱུག, Wylie: o jigs med dbang phyug; 1905 – 30 March 1952) was the 2nd Druk Gyalpo or king of Bhutan from 26 August 1926, until his death.

Under his reign, Bhutan continued to maintain almost complete isolation from the outside world, maintaining only limited relations with the British Raj in India. He was succeeded by his son, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck.[2]


The Second King, Jigme Wangchuck, had five children with his two cross cousins, Ashi Phuntsho Choden and her sister, Ashi Pema Dechen:[2]

  • The Third King (Druk Gyalpo) Jigme Dorji Wangchuck (by his first wife).
  • Princess (Druk Gyalsem) Choki Wangmo Wangchuck (by his second wife).
  • Prince (Druk Gyalsey) Namgyel Wangchuck, 26th Penlop of Paro (by his second wife).
  • Princess (Druk Gyalsem) Deki Yangzom Wangchuck (by his second wife).
  • Princess (Druk Gyalsem) Pema Choden Wangchuck (by his second wife).

Princess Choki Wangmo Wangchuck has two daughters, Ashi Deki Choden and Ashi Sonam Yulgyal.

Princess Deki Yangzom Wangchuck has five children; Ashi Lhazen Nizal Rica, Dasho Jigme Namgyal, Dasho Wangchuck Dorji Namgyal, Ashi Yiwang Pindarica and Ashi Namzay Kumutha.

Princess Pema Choden Wangchuck has four children; Ashi Namden, Dasho Namgyel Dawa (Tulku Namgyel Rinpoche), Dasho Wangchen Dawa (Kathok Situ Rinpoche) and Dasho Leon Rabten.


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See also[edit]


  1. ^ www.bhutanculturalatlas.org
  2. ^ a b WANGCHUCK DYNASTY. 100 Years of Enlightened Monarchy in Bhutan. Lham Dorji
  3. ^ London Gazette, 3 June 1930
  4. ^ "Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood" (PDF). London Gazette. 33256. 1927-03-11. p. 1601. Retrieved 2011-08-11.
Jigme Wangchuck
Born: 1905 Died: 30 March 1952
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Ugyen Wangchuck
King of Bhutan
Succeeded by
Jigme Dorji Wangchuck