Tshering Yangdon

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Tshering Yangdon
Queen mother of Bhutan
PredecessorKesang Choden
Born (1959-06-21) 21 June 1959 (age 59)
Nobgang, Punakha, Bhutan
SpouseJigme Singye Wangchuck
IssueJigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck
Dechen Yangzom Wangchuck
Jigme Dorji Wangchuck
Full name
Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck
HouseWangchuck (by marriage)
FatherDasho Yab Ugyen Dorji
MotherYum Thuiji Zam

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 38) 13 October 2011 Ashi Jetsun Pema[5] Crown Prince Druk Gyalsey
Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck[6]
((2016-02-05)5 February 2016)
Princess Ashi
Dechen Yangzom Wangchuck (Photo)
(1981-12-02) 2 December 1981 (age 37) 29 October 2009 Dasho Tandin Namgyel[5][7] Ashi Dechen Yuidem Yangzom Wangchuck[8]
Prince Gyaltshab
Jigme Dorji Wangchuck (Photo)
(1986-04-14) 14 April 1986 (age 32) 17 October 2013 Ashi Yeatso Lhamo[9] Ashi Decho Pema Wangchuck[10]


  • Royal Patron of the Royal Society for the Protection and Care of Animals.[5]
  • Royal Patron of the Royal Bhutan Flower Exhibition.[11]

Titles, styles, and honours[edit]

Styles of
Queen Mother Tshering Yangdon
Emblem of Bhutan.svg
Reference styleHer Majesty
Spoken styleYour Majesty
Alternative styleGyalyum 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




  1. ^ RAOnline. "RAOnline Bhutan: Bhutan's Royal Family - Member of Bhutan's Royal Family". www.raonline.ch.
  2. ^ "Ugyen Academy". www.ugyenacademy.edu.bt.
  3. ^ "News in Bhutan other than Dzongkha and English. – KuenselOnline". www.kuenselonline.com.
  4. ^ "Vision of Bhutan Nun's Foundation". Archived from the original on 2011-07-25.
  5. ^ a b c d e "bhutan4". www.royalark.net.
  6. ^ "Bhutan's Queen Jetsun Pema gives birth to crown prince". BBC. February 6, 2016. Retrieved February 6, 2016.
  7. ^ Bhutan Majestic Travel Archived 2013-05-10 at the Wayback Machine, Wedding news
  8. ^ "A book by youngest author launched - BBS". 2 September 2017.
  9. ^ "Royal Wedding". Archived from the original on 2013-10-19.
  10. ^ "His Majesty King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck". www.facebook.com.
  11. ^ "Bhutan Flower Exhibition – Pursue Bhutan Tours : Travel Blog". pursuebhutantours.wordpress.com.
Tshering Yangdon
Born: 21 June 1959
Bhutanese royalty
Preceded by
Kesang Choden
Queen Mother of Bhutan