His Majesty King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck was born on February 21, 1980, as the eldest prince of King Jigme Singye Wangchuck.
His Majesty attended public schools in Bhutan before pursuing higher studies in the US and in the UK. His Majesty attended National Defence College, New Delhi.
On 9th of December 2006, His father, the Fourth King, abdicated and His Majesty became King in a simple prayer ceremony.
His Majesty has been personally overseeing the smooth foundation of a strong vibrant democracy. He has travelled the length and breadth of the country to meet with the people and discuss the draft Constitution and the introduction of parliamentary democracy. The Constitution of the Kingdom of Bhutan was adopted on July 18th 2008 by the people represented by the first elected government.
After formally becoming the King, His Majesty launched the National Cadastral Resurvey to resolve the long-standing land issues that affected every Bhutanese – especially farmers. Following the major earthquakes and floods in 2009, he personally toured the areas several times and initiated the rebuilding process.
When in Thimphu, His Majesty grants audiences to any citizen with grievances and who are in distress. He also grants audiences to visiting state dignitaries, government officials, students and private citizens.
His Majesty the King is a keen and accomplished artist and photographer.
Born on June 4, 1990, to Yap Dhondop Gyaltshen and Yum Sonam Chuki, Her Majesty the Queen, Jetsun Pema, is the second eldest from four siblings.
Yap Dhondop Gyaltshen is the grandson of Trashigang Dzongpon, Sey Dopola, who is known as the “last and the most popular Trashigangpa”.
Yum Sonam Chuki is the daughter of Dasho Thinley Namgyal from Pangtoe Goemba in Bumthang and Aum Rinchen from Chorten Nyinpo-Chumbi at Chumey.
Her Majesty is an ardent reader, has a keen interest in fine arts, and enjoys listening to music.