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• 102nd ANNIVERSARY NATIONAL DAY OF BHUTAN 17 DECEMBER 2009, BANGKOK

• Biographical profile of His Majesty the King

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1. 102nd Anniversary National Day of the Kingdom of Bhutan
2. (L-R) Mom Luang Rajadarasri Jayankura, Chairwoman of ASEANAFFAIRS, Ambassador Dasho Tshering Dorji, Bhutanese Ambassador to Thailand and Dr. Kriengsak Chareon wongsak, President of the Institute of Future Studies for Development
3. Participants at the 102nd Anniversary National Day of the Kingdom of Bhutan
4. M.L.Rajadarasri Jayankura, with the Bhutanese gentlemen
and students that are studying in Thailand
5. (L-R) Her Royal Highness Ashi Deki Yangzom Wangchuck, Mom Luang Rajadarasri Jayankura and Princess
6. M.L.Rajadarasri Jayankura in front of the Bhutan Flag

Biographical profile of His Majesty the King

His Majesty King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck was born on the 21st of February 1980. His Majesty’s early education was in schools within the country followed by high school and university in the USA and the UK.

His Majesty has also participated in the 2005 program of the National Defence College in New Delhi, India. Furthermore, His Majesty has received Honorary Doctorates from the University of New Brunswick, Canada, and Rangsit University, Thailand.

In addition to the King’s official duties, His Majesty oversees the Royal University of Bhutan as Chancellor; Patron of the Bhutan Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Patron of the Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies and the European Convention of Bhutan Societies; President, Bhutan India Friendship Association.

Prior to Bhutan’s full transition to parliamentary democracy, His Majesty travelled across the country to meet with the people and discuss the then draft constitution introducing the new political system. Under the guidance of His Majesty the King and His Majesty the fourth King, the country has been advancing towards democratic governance from the early ‘80s. Following these consultations and detailed discussions in the National Assembly, the constitution of Bhutan was put to a nationwide referendum in June 2008, and adopted. His Majesty has stated that as King, one of his biggest and most sacred responsibilities is to strengthen parliamentary democracy in Bhutan.

His Majesty the King is a keen artist and photographer. While His Majesty likes to travel and learn from different cultures, most travel is within Bhutan to remote rural villages. His Majesty lives by the motto ‘service before self’ and says ‘my ambition and goals are lodged within those of my people and country’.

Title:
His Majesty the King or His Majesty the Druk Gyalpo
Name:
Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck
Date of Birth: 21st of February 1980
Summary: Patron, Bhutan Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Patron, Bhutan Scouts and Guides
Patron, Royal Society for the Protection of Nature
Patron, European Convention of Bhutan Societies
Patron, Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies
President, Bhutan India Friendship Association
Patron, India Bhutan Foundation
Education: Innovations in Governance, Kennedy School of Government
National Defence College, New Delhi, India
Department of Politics and International Relations, Oxford University
Foreign Service Program, Queen Elizabeth House, Oxford University
Magdalen College, Oxford University
Wheaton College, Massachusetts, USA
Cushing Academy, Massachusetts, USA
Yangchenphug High School, Bhutan
Honors: Honorary Doctorate Degree in Philosophy,
Politics and Economics,
Rangsit University, Thailand, November 2006
Honorary Degree of the Doctor in Laws, University of
New Brunswick, Canada, October 2005
Interests: Painting, photography, reading, sports, travel to rural Bhutan

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