Jigme Dorji Wangchuck Biography
(Third King of Bhutan)
Birthday: May 2, 1929 (Taurus)
Born In: Trongsa
Jigme Dorji Wangchuck was the Third Druk Gyalpo (King) of Bhutan. He was someone who is credited for ushering in a new era in modern Bhutan and is often regarded as the father of modern Bhutan for the progressive changes that he brought about in the country during his reign as the king. He was educated privately, first in the palace and then in Kalimpong, India before he was sent to England in order to finish a well-rounded education as befitting a royal. Upon his return to the country, he served in some capacities in the government before being appointed as the king of the country following his father’s death and throughout his reign as the king that last two decades, he brought in changes that would go on to change the country forever. He established a new constitution, founded the Royal Bhutan Army, established courts, installed judges and did away with serfdoms and slavery. He was also a crafty diplomat who maintained good relationships with his neighbours and helped Bhutan secure a place in the United Nations.