Sangay Choden

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Sangay Choden
Her Majesty the Queen Mother Ashi Sangay Choden Wangchuck (cropped).jpg
Queen Mother Sangay Choden
Queen mother of Bhutan
Predecessor Kesang Choden
Born (1963-05-11) 11 May 1963 (age 54)
Nobgang, Punakha, Bhutan
Spouse Jigme Singye Wangchuck
Issue Khamsum Singye Wangchuck
Euphelma Choden Wangchuck
Full name
Sangay Choden Wangchuck
House Wangchuck (by marriage)
Father Yab Ugyen Dorji
Mother Yum Thuiji Zam
Religion Buddhism

Queen Mother Sangay Choden (born May 11, 1963) is one of the four wives and queens of Bhutanese king Jigme Singye Wangchuck, who ruled in Bhutan from 1972 until his abdication in 2006.


She was educated at St. Joseph's Convent, Kalimpong, and St. Helen's School, Kurseong, India.

The other three wives and queens, all Sangay Choden's sisters, are:

She has the following children with the former king:

  • HRH Prince Dasho Khamsum Singye Wangchuck (born October 6, 1985).
  • HRH Princess Ashi Euphelma Choden Wangchuck (born June 6, 1993).

She was appointed the United Nations Population Fund’s (UNFPA) Goodwill Ambassador in Bhutan in 1999. [1]

I support the all around development of our younger generations, in whose hands lie the future of our country.

Sangay Choden is particularly interested in promoting the arts in Bhutan and advocating the country's rich cultural heritage. She is the patron of the Bhutan Textile Museum in Thimphu which she helped establish in 2001.[2]

Her Majesty also established the Tara Lhadron Zhingkham Lhakhang, a temple dedicated to the 21 Taras located in the historically and spiritually significant temple grounds of Parigzampa Astrology School in Dechencholing, Thimphu.[3]



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).[5]
    • King Jigme Khesar Investiture Medal 2008.gif King Jigme Khesar Investiture Medal (06/11/2008).[6]


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Sangay Choden
Born: 11 May 1963
Bhutanese royalty
Preceded by
Kesang Choden
Queen Mother of Bhutan
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