Bhutan’s queen consort, Jetsun Pema, is also known as Druk Gyaltsuen, which means “dragon queen.” She was born into a well-respected and noble family in Thimphu, Bhutan. When she was twenty years old, she announced her engagement to Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, the present king of Bhutan. The king commented on Jetsun Pema, saying that while everyone has their own ideas on what a queen should be like, he personally believes that the most important thing for a queen to be is to be a nice human being. He also added that she would be of great service to the country due of her warm-hearted and caring attitude. The present King of Bhutan, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, married Jestun Pema, who became Queen Jetsun Pema Wangchuck, shortly after. Although polygamy is legal in Bhutan, the king has stated that he will not marry again and that Pema will continue to be his sole wife. After four years, their first son was born. He is the heir to King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, and his name is Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck.
Marriage and the Ascension to Fame
Jetsun Pema originally came to prominence in May 2011, when the king announced his engagement to her during the seventh season of Parliament. He remarked that it was time for him to marry and went on to discuss the vital attributes he considered a queen should possess. He went on to say that because Pema was such a loving and caring person, the country would be privileged to have her as a queen.
On the 13th of October 2011, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck married Jetsun Pema in a royal wedding. It was held in Punakha at the Punakha Dzong, the country’s second largest dzong construction. The wedding included ‘blessings of the guardian deities’ and was held in traditional Buddhist style.
Rahul Gandhi, the General Secretary of the Indian National Congress, Jigme Singye Wangchuck, the former King of Bhutan, MK Narayanan, the Governor of the Indian state of West Bengal, and Jyoti Madhavrao Scindia, the Indian Minister of Industry and Commerce, were among the notable visitors. Several Dutch delegates were also present, and on behalf of the Netherlands, they gave the newlyweds with flowers. Following the Punakha ceremony, public ceremonies were held in Thimphu and Paro.
Pema joined the king on several foreign trips after her marriage, including to India, Japan, Singapore, and the United Kingdom.
Pema Chodron, an environmentalist, is the Royal Society of Protection of Nature’s Patron. She is also the Patron of the Bhutan Kidney Association and Foundation. She has also been the President of the Bhutan Red Cross Society since 2016. She is also regarded as a fashion icon due to her vivid traditional dress.
Personal Life of Jetsun Pema
Queen Jetsun Pema was born on June 4, 1990, in Thimphu, Bhutan, to Dhondup Gyaltshen and Aum Sonam Choki. Pema is the youngest of five siblings. She attended Changangkha Lower Secondary School in Thimpu, Bhutan, St.
Joseph’s Convent in Kalimpong, West Bengal, India, and The Lawrence School in Himachal Pradesh, India, for her education. She afterwards went on to Regent’s College in London to further her education. She is fluent not only in Dzongkha, Bhutan’s national language, but also in Hindi and English.
On February 5, 2016, she gave birth to her first child, King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck‘s successor. Jimge Nimgyel Wangchuck was his name.
Estimated Net Worth
Jetsun Pema net worth is unknown.