The history of Bhutan | The monarchy

After the death of the Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, the theocracy declined and, from the fights for central power, Jigme Namgyel appeared as the most powerful of Bhutan's rulers.

His son, Ugyen Wangchuck, was appointed as the first king of a hereditary monarchy in 1907. The second king, Jigme Wangchuck, continued the spiritual and political consolidation of the state. The third king, Jigme Dorje Wangchuck, is seen as the father of modern Bhutan. The fourth king, Jigme Singye Wangchuck, has ruled since 1972. It is up to him to lead the country into a new era.


Jigme Namgyel
Ugyen Wangchuck
Jigme Wangchuck
Jigme Dorje Wangchuck
Jigme Singye Wangchuck

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