Her Majesty the Queen, Jetsun Pema Wangchuck was born to Yab Dhondup Gyaltshen and Yum Sonam Choki on 4th June 1990 in Thimphu.
Yab Dhondup Gyaltshen is the grandson of two Tashigang Dzongpoens: Thinley Tobgay and Ugyen Tshering. Yum Sonam Choki hails from Bumthang Pangtey in Bumthang and her father was half-brother of two Queen Consorts of His Majesty the 2nd King, Jigme Wangchuck.
Her Majesty began her early in Thimphu and later moved to the Lawrence School in Himachal Pradesh, India. Her Majesty studied International Relations, at the Regent’s College in London.
On 20 May 2011, during the opening of the Parliament’s session, His Majesty the King, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck announced their engagement, saying “As King, it is now time for me to marry. After much thought I have decided that the wedding shall be later this year.”
His Majesty continued, “Now, many will have their own idea of what a Queen should be like—that she should be uniquely beautiful, intelligent and graceful. I think with experience and time, one can grow into a dynamic person in any walk of life with the right effort. For the Queen, what is most important is that at all times, as an individual she must be a good human being, and as Queen, she must be unwavering in her commitment to serve the People and Country. As my queen, I have found such a person and her name is Jetsun Pema. While she is young, she is warm and kind in heart and character. These qualities together with the wisdom that will come with age and experience will make her a great servant to the nation.”
The Royal Wedding took place on 13 October, 2011 at the Punakha Dzong, Punakha following public celebrations in Thimphu and Paro. Her Majesty was just 21 and became the youngest Queen in the world. Her Majesty still holds the record.
On 11 November 2015, coinciding with the 60th Birth Anniversary of His Majesty the Fourth King, Jigme Singye Wangchuck, His Majesty announced that Their Majesties were expecting their first child, a son, early in 2016.
Her Majesty gave to the His Royal Highness the Gyalsey (the Crown Prince), Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck, on 5th February 2016 in Lingkana Palace, Thimphu.
Today, Her Majesty the Queen is the Royal Patron for the following civil societies and organizations:
1. Royal Society for the Protection of Nature (RSPN), Bhutan’s first and only non-governmental and non-profit organization to promote environmental education and advocacy, conservation and sustainable livelihoods, research and emerging issues like climate change, water and solid waste.
2. Ability Bhutan Society (ABS), a public benefit organization founded that empowers persons living with moderate to severe diverse abilities, primarily children and their families have special needs, and
3. Bhutan Kidney Foundation, a civil society organization that supports well-being of kidney patients in Bhutan. The organization also promotes public education and awareness on prevention of kidney related diseases.
4. Jigten Wangchuk Tshogpa, an organization formed to educate people and celebrate the achievements and contributions of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel. The organization initiates and supports various religious and social activities in the country.
5. Bhutan Red Cross Society (BRCS). With Her Majesty as the President, the Society aims to complement and support existing voluntary programs in Bhutan in disaster management, health and other social services.
6. United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). Her Majesty was presented with the United Nations Environment Protection Ambassadorship for Ozone at the 25th anniversary of the Montreal Protocol, on 16th May 2012. Bhutan is one of the few countries under the protocol to achieve significantly in committing the phasing out of substances that deplete ozone layer.