Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck

Place of Birth: Kathmandu, Nepal

Date of Birth: February 21, 1980

Ethnicity: Bhutanese, small amount of Indian and Sikkimese [Bhutia, Lepcha]

Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck is the reigning Druk Gyalpo or “Dragon King” of the Kingdom of Bhutan, since 9 December, 2006; he was coronated on 6 November, 2008, and is the fifth to occupy the position. He is the son of Jigme Singye Wangchuck, who was born in Kathmandu, Nepal, and Tshering Yangdon, who was born in Nobgang, Punakha. He is married to Jetsun Pema. Their son is His Royal Highness the Gyalsey.

Khesar’s patrilineal ancestry can be traced back to his 23rd great-grandfather, Sumthrang Chorji (1179-1265).

Khesar’s paternal grandfather was Jigme Dorji Wangchuck (the son of Jigme Wangchuck and Phuntsho Choden). Khesar’s grandfather Jigme was born in Trongsa, Trongsa. Khesar’s great-grandfather Jigme was the son of Ugyen Wangchuck and Tsundue Pema Lhamo. Phuntsho was the daughter of Jamyang, Chumed Zhalgno, of the Tamzhing Choji family, and of Decho Dorji.

Khesar’s paternal grandmother is Kesang Choden (the daughter of Raja Sonam Tobgye Dorji and Rani Mayum Chonying Wangmo Dorji). Kesang was born in Kalimpong, Bengal, British India (now West Bengal, India). Sonam was the son of Raja Ugyen Dorji. Mayeum was Sikkimese [Bhutia, distant Lepcha], from Gangtok (now part of India), and was the daughter of Thutob Namgyal and Yeshay Dolma.

Khesar’s maternal grandfather was Yab Ugyen Dorji (the son of Sangay Tenzin and Dorji Om). Khesar’s grandfather Ugyen Dorji was born in Kungacholing, Paro. Sangay was the son of Kuenga Gyeltshen and Ngodrup Pem. Khesa’’s great-grandmother Dorji was the daughter of Gyeltshen Dorji, 5th Sersang Lang, and of Abi Yum Yangchen Droelma.

Khesar’s maternal grandmother is Yum Thuiji Zam (the daughter of Lopen Duba and Aum Ugay Dem).

5 Responses

  1. Manila says:

    Khesar’s grandfather Jigme was born in Trongsa, Trongsa.

    Kesang is still living, and was born in Kalimpong, Bengal, British India (now West Bengal, India).

    • Manila says:

      Mayeum was Sikkimese [Bhutia, distant Lepcha], from Gangtok (now part of India).

      Khesar’s grandfather Ugyen Dorji was born in Kungacholing, Paro, and is now deceased.

      Note: Bhutia and Lepcha are parts of Sikkimese ancestry. However, Sikkimese is away from Indian ancestry. Sikkim was annexed by India in 1975.

  2. Manila says:

    Khesar’s great-grandfather Jigme was the son of Ugyen Wangchuck and Tsundue Pema Lhamo. Phuntsho was the daughter of Jamyang, Chumed Zhalgno, of the Tamzhing Choji family, and of Decho Dorji.

    Sonam was the son of Raja Ugyen Dorji. Mayeum was the daughter of Thutob Namgyal and Yeshay Dolma.

    • Manila says:

      Sangay was the son of Kuenga Gyeltshen and Ngodrup Pem. Khesar’s great-grandmother Dorji was the daughter of Gyeltshen Dorji, 5th Sersang Lang, and of Abi Yum Yangchen Droelma.

      Italicize “Abi Yum”.

  3. Manila says:

    Khesar (Please, don’t call him Jigme)’s patrilineal ancestry can be traced back to his 23rd great-grandfather Sumthrang Chorji (1179-1265).

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