Druk Gyalpo

Druk Gyalpo
Druk Gyalpo of Bhutan
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Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk
5th Dragon King

Style: His Majesty
Heir apparent: Prince Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck (presumptive)
First monarch: Sir Ugyen Wangchuk
Formation: 1907


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The Druk Gyalpo (Dzongkha: འབྲུག་རྒྱལ་པོ་; Wylie: 'brug rgyal-po; "Dragon King") is the head of state of Bhutan.[1] He is also known in English as the King of Bhutan. Bhutan, in the local Dzongkha language, is known as Dryukyul which translates as "The Land of Dragons." Thus, while Kings of Bhutan are known as Druk Gyalpo ("Dragon King"), the Bhutanese people call themselves the Drukpa, meaning "Dragon people."

The current ruler of Bhutan is the 5th Hereditary King His Majesty Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, who is the 5th Druk Gyalpo.[2] He wears the Raven Crown which is the official Crown worn by the Monarchs of Bhutan. He is correctly styled "Mi'wang 'Ngada Rimboche" ("His Majesty") and addressed "'Ngada Rimboche" ("Your Majesty").[citation needed]

The current Druk Gyalpo Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck is the youngest reigning monarch in the world.[3] He ascended to the throne in November 2008 after his father, Jigme Singye Wangchuk, abdicated the throne in his favor.[2] The 5th Dragon King of Bhutan was known as Prince Charming when he visited Thailand as a Crown Prince to attend the 60th Anniversary Year of His Majesty the King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand[citation needed].

List of Druk Gyalpos

The Hereditary Dragon Kings of Bhutan:[4]

See also


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