Jigme Wangchuck

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Jigme Wangchuck
Jigme Wangchuck Name.svg
Druk Gyalpo
King of Bhutan
Reign 26 August 1926 – 30 March 1952
Coronation 14 March 1927 [1]
Predecessor Ugyen Wangchuck
Successor Jigme Dorji Wangchuck
Born 1905
Died 30 March 1952(1952-03-30) (aged 46-47)
Kunga Rabten Palace, Mandelung, Bumthang
Burial Cremated at Kurjey Lhakhang
Spouse 1st consort-Phuntsho Choden
2nd consort-Pema Dechen
Issue King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck
Prince Namgyal Wangchuck
Princess Choki Ongmo Wangchuck
Princess Deki Yangzom Wangchuck
Princess Pema Choden Wangchuck
House House of Wangchuck
Father Ugyen Wangchuck
Mother Tsundue Pema Lhamo
Religion Buddhism

Jigme Wangchuck (Dzongkha: འཇིགས་མེད་དབང་ཕྱུག, Wylie: 'jigs med dbang phyug; 1905 – 30 March 1952) was the Druk Gyalpo or king of Bhutan from 21 August 1926, until his death. He was the eldest son of King Ugyen Wangchuck and was educated in English, Hindi and Buddhist literature.

Kings of the House of Wangchuck
Ugyen Wangchuck, 1905.jpg Ugyen
Bhutan-Jigme-Wangchuck.jpg Jigme
Jigme Dorji
Jigme Singye Wangchuck.jpg Jigme Singye
King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck (edit).jpg Jigme Khesar Namgyel

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]


HM The Second King, Jigme Wangchuck, has 5 children:

  • The Third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck (by his first wife).
  • Prince (Druk Gyalsey) Namgyal Wangchuck (by his second wife).
  • Princess (Druk Gyalsem) Choki Ongmo Wangchuck (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 (Druk Gyalsem) Choki Ongmo Wangchuck has two daughters, Ashi Deki Choden and Ashi Sonam Yulgyal.

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


National honours[edit]

  •  Bhutan :
    • Maharaja Ugyen Wangchuck Medal.gif Maharaja Ugyen Wangchuck Medal 1st class in gold (17/11/1909).[1]

Foreign honours[edit]


See also[edit]


Jigme Wangchuck
Born: 1905/1906 Died: 30 March 1952
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Ugyen Wangchuck
King of Bhutan
Succeeded by
Jigme Dorji Wangchuck