Druk Gyalpo facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsDruk Gyalpo of Bhutan
|Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk|
|5th Dragon King|
|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|
||1862 – 21 August 1926
|17 December 1907||21 August 1926||Wangchuck|
||1905 – 24 March 1952
|21 August 1926||24 March 1952||Son of Ugyen||Wangchuck|
||2 May 1929 – 21 July 1972 (aged 43)||24 March 1952||21 July 1972||Son of Jigme||Wangchuck|
||11 November 1955||21 July 1972||14 December 2006
|Son of Jigme Dorji||Wangchuck|
|Jigme Khesar Namgyel
||21 February 1980||14 December 2006||Incumbent||Son of Jigme Singye||Wangchuck|
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