Sonam Dechan Wangchuck

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Princess Ashi Sonam Dechen
Born (1981-08-05) 5 August 1981 (age 35)
Spouse Dasho Phub W. Dorji (m. 2009)
Issue Dasho Jigje Singye Wangchuck
Dasho Truelku Varotsana Jigten Wangchuck
House Wangchuck
Father Jigme Singye Wangchuck
Mother Dorji Wangmo
Religion Buddhism

Princess Ashi Sonam Dechen Wangchuck (born August 5, 1981) is a princess of Bhutan. She is the daughter of the 4th King of Bhutan Jigme Singye Wangchuck and half-sister of the 5th King, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck. She has a degree in international relations from Stanford University and a masters in law from Harvard Law School.[1] She has also clerked for the Royal High Court of Bhutan. She currently works at the Judiciary of the Kingdom of Bhutan as President of the Bhutan National Legal Institute.

Marriage and children[edit]

She married Dasho Phub W. Dorji at the Motithang Palace on 5 April 2009. He is a son of Dasho Zepon Wangchuck, Chief Architect and project manager,[2] from Takchu Gompa, Haa, by his wife, Aum Ugyen Dolma, from Gaselo. Dasho Phub W. Dorji has a master's degree in Public Policy from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and bachelor's degree in Business Administration and Economics from George Washington University. He topped the 2004 civil service examinations and currently works in the Finance Ministry.[3] He is a director of the Bank of Bhutan.[4]

They have two sons:[5]

  • Dasho Jigje Singye Wangchuck.
  • Dasho Truelku Varotsana Jigten Wangchuck.


  • Board Member of the Tarayana Foundation.[6]

Titles, styles, and honours[edit]

Styles of
Princess Sonam Dechen Wangchuck
Emblem of Bhutan.svg
Reference style Her Royal Highness
Spoken style Your Royal Highness
Alternative style Ashi

Titles and styles[edit]


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).[7]
    • King Jigme Khesar Investiture Medal 2008.gif King Jigme Khesar Investiture Medal (06/11/2008).[8]

Foreign honours[edit]



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Sonam Dechan Wangchuck
Born: 5 August 1981
Bhutanese royalty
Preceded by
Jamyang Singye Wangchuck
Line of succession to the Bhutanese throne Succeeded by
Dechen Yangzom Wangchuck