Tshering Yangdon

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Tshering Yangdon
Queen mother of Bhutan
Predecessor Kesang Choden
Born (1959-06-21) 21 June 1959 (age 58)
Nobgang, Punakha, Bhutan
Spouse Jigme Singye Wangchuck
Issue Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck
Dechen Yangzom Wangchuck
Jigme Dorji Wangchuck
Full name
Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck
House Wangchuck (by marriage)
Father Dasho Yab Ugyen Dorji
Mother Yum Thuiji Zam
Religion Buddhism

Queen Mother Tshering Yangdon (born 21 June 1959) is the third wife of the former Bhutanese king, Jigme Singye Wangchuck. She is the current Queen Mother (Gyalyum Kude, literally meaning "Queen Mother") of Bhutan, as she is the mother of the current Bhutanese king Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck.[1] She is also the mother of King Jigme Khesar's two younger full siblings, Princess Ashi Dechen Yangzom (b. 1981) and Prince Gyaltshab Jigme Dorji (b. 1986).


Her father, Dasho Yab Ugyen Dorji (b. 1925), is the Founder and Proprietor of Ugyen Academy (03/04/2002).[2] Her mother is Yum Thuiji Zam (b. 1932).

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

Humanitarian Causes[edit]

The Queen founded Bhutan Nun's Foundation (BNF) in March 2009,[3] the foundation's focus is to make nunneries a way to help and empower girls and women through education and economic self-sufficiency.[4]


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

Name Birth Marriage Issue
King Druk Gyalpo
Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck
(1980-02-21) 21 February 1980 (age 37) 13 October 2011 Ashi Jetsun Pema[5] Crown Prince Druk Gyalsey
Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck[6]
((2016-02-05)5 February 2016) (age &&&&&&&&&&&&07432 years 0 months))
Princess Ashi
Dechen Yangzom Wangchuck (Photo)
(1981-12-02) 2 December 1981 (age 36) 29 October 2009 Dasho Tandin Namgyel[7][8] Ashi Dechen Yuidem Yangzom Wangchuck[9]
Prince Gyaltshab
Jigme Dorji Wangchuck (Photo)
(1986-04-14) 14 April 1986 (age 31) 17 October 2013 Ashi Yeatso Lhamo[10] Ashi Decho Pema Wangchuck[11]


  • Royal Patron of the Royal Society for the Protection and Care of Animals.[12]
  • Royal Patron of the Royal Bhutan Flower Exhibition.[13]

Titles, styles, and honours[edit]

Styles of
Queen Mother Tshering Yangdon
Emblem of Bhutan.svg
Reference style Her Majesty
Spoken style Your Majesty
Alternative style Gyalyum Kude

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 21 June 1959 - 1979: Ashi Tshering Yangdon.
  • 1979 - 9 December 2006: Her Majesty Queen Tshering Yangdon, The Queen of Bhutan.
  • 9 December 2006 - Present: Her Majesty Queen Mother Tshering Yangdon, The Queen Mother of Bhutan.


  •  Bhutan :
    • Commemorative Silver Jubilee Medal of His Majesty The King (02061999).png Commemorative Silver Jubilee Medal of King Jigme Singye (02/06/1999).[14]
    • King Jigme Khesar Investiture Medal 2008.gif King Jigme Khesar Investiture Medal (06/11/2008).[15]
    • King Jigme Singye Wangchuck commemorating the King's 60th birthday.gif 60th Birthday Badge Medal of King Jigme Singye (11/11/2015).



Tshering Yangdon
Born: 21 June 1959
Bhutanese royalty
Preceded by
Kesang Choden
Queen Mother of Bhutan