Jigme Singye Wangchuck Biography
(Former King of Bhutan)
Birthday: November 11, 1955 (Scorpio)
Born In: Dechencholing Palace, Thimphu, Bhutan
Jigme Singye Wangchuck is the former King of Bhutan. He was in the throne from 1972 to 2006 before he stepped down in favor of his eldest son, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck. Credited with bringing about many infrastructural and developmental reforms in the country, he is also known for his efforts to preserve Bhutan’s rich cultural heritage and natural environment. Born as the only son of King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck and Queen Ashi Kesang Choden Wangchuck, he received western and traditional learning in various institutions. After studying at St Joseph’s College at Darjeeling, he moved to Heatherdown Prep School in England before furthering his education at Ugyen Wangchuck Academy at Satsham Choten in Paro. Being the Crown Prince, he was appointed as the Chairman of Planning Commission in 1971. The untimely death of his father in 1972 made Jigme Singye Wangchuck the king at the tender age of 16. He continued with his father’s developmental policies upon ascending the throne and over the years built a reputation for himself as a forward-thinking monarch who tirelessly worked towards the political and economical development of the nation. He also implemented many steps to maintain the country’s rich cultural heritage and natural resources. He stepped down as the king in 2006 after abdicating in favor of his eldest son.