Baby Ugyen! King Jigme and Queen Jetsun of Bhutan reveal name of son

Baby Ugyen! King Jigme and Queen Jetsun of Bhutan reveal name of son

July 1, 2020

Bhutan’s prince finally gets a name: King Jigme and Queen Jetsun reveal they have called their four-month-old son Jigme Ugyen Wangchuck as they share adorable new family portraits

  • King and Queen of Bhutan have revealed the name of their four-month-old son
  • Couple announced on Instagram they have named him Jigme Ugyen Wangchuck
  • Also shared new portraits with elder son Prince Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck, four

The King and Queen of Bhutan have shared the name of their newborn son, four months after his birth. 

King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, 40, and Queen Jetsun Pema announced on Instagram yesterday that they have named him Jigme Ugyen Wangchuck. 

The couple are already parents to four-year-old Prince Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck, known as the Dragon Prince, who could be seen kneeling alongside his brother and parents in the new portraits.

The snaps were taken at the Trelda Tsechu prayer ceremony at Thimphu Tashichodzong, where the family said they had offered prayers for both of their sons. 

King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, 40, and Queen Jetsun Pema shared a series of new family portraits on Instagram yesterday as they revealed their four-month-old son’s name is Jigme Ugyen Wangchuck 

Sharing the photos on the official Instagram page, the royal family wrote: ‘On the auspicious occasion of the Birth Anniversary of Guru Rinpoche (Trelda Tsechu), His Royal Highness the Second Gyalsey to His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen has been named Jigme Ugyen Wangchuck.

‘His Royal Highness will be referred to as Gyalsey Ugyen Wangchuck.’

It went on: ‘His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen graced the Trelda Tsechu prayer ceremony at Thimphu Tashichodzong, and offered prayers along with Their Royal Highnesses Gyalsey Jigme Namgyel and Gyalsey Ugyen Wangchuck.

‘The Trelda Tsechu prayers are performed annually for the benefit of all sentient beings.

The snaps were taken at the Trelda Tsechu prayer ceremony at Thimphu Tashichodzong, where the family said they had offered prayers for both of their sons 

‘Led by the Prime Minister, representatives of the Dratshang, Government and Armed Forces offered Mendrel Ku Sung Thukten to His Royal Highness the Gyalsey on behalf of the people of Bhutan.’

Their oldest son, Prince Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck, is the heir to the Bhutanese throne. King Jigme, the hugely popular fifth Druk Gyalpo, studied in the UK and the US and ascended the throne in 2006, aged just 26 after his own father abdicated. 

Unlike his son, who plans to have a monogamous marriage, the former King, who introduced democracy to Bhutan during his reign, has four wives, all sisters who he married on the same day. 

The King, known as the Dragon King, with both of his sons. The couple’s oldest son, Prince Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck, pictured right, is the heir to the Bhutanese throne

But despite his own upbringing, the current monarch has made clear that he only plans to have one wife, whom he married on October 13, 2011, when she was still an international relations student at Regent’s College in London.

The match made headlines at the time because the young King was more openly affectionate with his wife than citizens were used to – leaving the couple to be called ‘the William and Kate of the Himalayas’. 

However, his very public displays of affection – which included kissing his wife on the cheek and holding her hand – was well-received by young people, with many even choosing to follow the royals’ example. 

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