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Druk Gyalpo of Bhutan
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Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk
5th Dragon King
Style His Majesty
Heir apparent Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck
First monarch Ugyen Wangchuck
Formation 17 December 1907
Residence Samteling Palace, Thimphu

The Druk Gyalpo (Dragon King) is the head of state of the Kingdom of Bhutan. In the Dzongkha language, Bhutan is known as Drukyul which translates as "The Land of the Thunder Dragon". 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 Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, the 5th Druk Gyalpo. He wears the Raven Crown which is the official crown worn by the kings of Bhutan. He is correctly styled "Mi'wang 'Ngada Rimboche" ("His Majesty") and addressed "Ngada Rimboche" ("Your Majesty").

King Jigme Khesar was the second-youngest reigning monarch in the world when he ascended the throne on 6 November 2008 after his father, Jigme Singye Wangchuck, abdicated the throne in his favor.

List of Druk Gyalpos

The Hereditary Dragon Kings of Bhutan:

Name Lifespan Reign start Reign end Notes Family Image
  • 1st Druk Gyalpo
1862 – 21 August 1926
(aged 64)
17 December 1907 21 August 1926 Wangchuck Ugyen Wangchuck of Bhutan
  • 2nd Druk Gyalpo
1905 – 24 March 1952
(aged 47)
21 August 1926 24 March 1952 Son of Ugyen Wangchuck Jigme Wangchuck of Bhutan
Jigme Dorji
  • 3rd Druk Gyalpo
(1929-05-02)2 May 1929 – 21 July 1972(1972-07-21) (aged 43) 24 March 1952 21 July 1972 Son of Jigme Wangchuck Jigme Dorji Wangchuck of Bhutan
Jigme Singye
  • 4th Druk Gyalpo
(1955-11-11) 11 November 1955 (age 66) 21 July 1972 14 December 2006
Son of Jigme Dorji Wangchuck Jigme Singye Wangchuck of Bhutan
Jigme Khesar Namgyel
  • 5th Druk Gyalpo
(1980-02-21) 21 February 1980 (age 42) 14 December 2006 Incumbent Son of Jigme Singye Wangchuck Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck of Bhutan
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