His Majesty Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, the current reigning Druk Gyalpo or “Dragon King” of the Bhutan, was born on 21st February, 1980 to His Majesty the Fourth King Jigme Singye Wangchuck and Azhi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck.
After completing higher secondary studies in Bhutan, His Majesty studied abroad in the United States, United Kingdom, Thailand and India.
As a crown prince, His Majesty represented Bhutan at the 27th UN General Assembly in 2002 and made his first international speech to the United Nations.
While attending Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadei’s60th Anniversary Celebrations in 2006 in Bangkok along with royals, His Majesty, 26, was the youngest of the visiting royals. He was dubbed “Prince Charming.”
His Majesty ascended to the Golden Throne in December 2006. The official coronation took place on 6th November, 2008 in Punakha Dzong.
His Majesty signed a new treaty of friendship with India in February 2007, replacing the treaty of 1949.
Many government initiatives were undertaken by the new King with a view to strengthen the system in preparation for the democratic changes in 2008. The Constitution of Bhutan was adopted on 18 July 2008, by the first elected parliament.
The King’s first landmark project after his formal coronation was launching the National Cadastral Resurvey in March 2009, aimed at resolving long-standing land issues of excess land that affects every Bhutanese household. His Majesty continues the tradition of giving state land to landless farmers around the country.
His Majesty initiated military-style training, DeSuung Training Programme, for volunteers in 2011. Trained volunteers actively contribute community services during mass gatherings, national celebrations and disaster operations.