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Sangay Choden

Sangay Choden

One of the four wives and queens of Bhutanese king Jigme Singye Wangchuck; Queen mother of Bhutan
Sangay Choden
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro One of the four wives and queens of Bhutanese king Jigme Singye Wangchuck; Queen mother of Bhutan
Is Noble Aristocrat Queen
From Bhutan
Type Royals
Gender female
Birth 11 May 1963, Bhutan, Bhutan
Age 57 years
Star sign Taurus
Family
Siblings: Sangay NgedupDorji WangmoTshering PemTshering Yangdon
Spouse: Jigme Singye Wangchuck
Children: Khamsum Singhye WangchuckEuphelma Choden Wangchuck
The details

Biography

Queen Mother Sangay Choden (born May 11, 1963) is one of the four wives and queens of Bhutanese king Jigme Singye Wangchuck, who ruled in Bhutan from 1972 until his abdication in 2006. She is the Queen Mother (Gyalyum Kude, literally meaning "Queen Mother") of Bhutan.

Biography

Her father, Yab Dasho Ugyen Dorji (1925–2019), was the Founder and Proprietor of Ugyen Academy (03/04/2002). Her mother is Yum Thuiji Zam (b. 1932).

She was educated at St. Joseph's Convent, Kalimpong, and St. Helen's School, Kurseong, India.

Her three brothers are:

  • Lyonpo Sangay Ngedup (b. 1953), former Prime Minister of Bhutan.
  • Dasho Ugyen Tsechup (b. 1964).
  • Dasho Topgay (b. 1966).

Her five sisters are (three of them are the other Queen Mothers):

She was appointed the United Nations Population Fund’s (UNFPA) Goodwill Ambassador in Bhutan in 1999.

I support the all around development of our younger generations, in whose hands lie the future of our country.

Sangay Choden is particularly interested in promoting the arts in Bhutan and advocating the country's rich cultural heritage. She is the patron of the Bhutan Textile Museum in Thimphu which she helped establish in 2001.

Her Majesty also established the Tara Lhadron Zhingkham Lhakhang, a temple dedicated to the 21 Taras located in the historically and spiritually significant temple grounds of Parigzampa Astrology School in Dechencholing, Thimphu.

On 1 July 2011 she visited the Alhambra with her daughter, Princess Ashi Euphelma Choden Wangchuck.

Children

She had, with the former king, the following children:

Name Birth Marriage Issue
Prince Dasho
Khamsum Singye Wangchuck (Photo)
(1985-10-06) 6 October 1985 (age 34)
Princess Ashi
Euphelma Choden Wangchuck (Photo)
(1993-06-06) 6 June 1993 (age 26)

Patronages

  • Royal Patron of the Bhutan Textile Museum.
  • Chairman of the Royal Textile Academy of Bhutan (RTAB).
  • Founder and President of RENEW (Respect, Educate, Nurture and Empower Women) since 2004.

Titles, styles, and honours

Titles and styles

  • 11 May 1963 – 1979: Ashi Sangay Choden
  • 1979 – 9 December 2006: Her Majesty Queen Sangay Choden, The Queen of Bhutan
  • 9 December 2006 – present: Her Majesty Queen Mother Sangay Choden, The Queen Mother of Bhutan

Honours

  •  Bhutan :

Ancestry

16. Nob Gyeltshen
16. Nob Gyeltshen
8. Kuenga Gyeltshen
17. Phenkhem
4. Sangay Tenzin
9. Ngodrup Pem
2. Yab Dasho Ugyen Dorji
20. Soenam Drubyel, 4th Sersang Lang
10. Gyeltshen Dorji, 5th Sersang Lang
21. Sangay Droelma
5. Dorji Om
22. Yonten Phuntsho
11. Abi Yum Yangchen Droelma
1. Sangay Choden
6. Lopen Duba
3. Yum Thuiji Zam
7. Ugay Dem
16. Nob Gyeltshen
8. Kuenga Gyeltshen
17. Phenkhem
4. Sangay Tenzin
9. Ngodrup Pem
2. Yab Dasho Ugyen Dorji
20. Soenam Drubyel, 4th Sersang Lang
10. Gyeltshen Dorji, 5th Sersang Lang
21. Sangay Droelma
5. Dorji Om
22. Yonten Phuntsho
11. Abi Yum Yangchen Droelma
1. Sangay Choden
6. Lopen Duba
3. Yum Thuiji Zam
7. Ugay Dem
8. Kuenga Gyeltshen
17. Phenkhem
4. Sangay Tenzin
9. Ngodrup Pem
2. Yab Dasho Ugyen Dorji
20. Soenam Drubyel, 4th Sersang Lang
10. Gyeltshen Dorji, 5th Sersang Lang
21. Sangay Droelma
5. Dorji Om
22. Yonten Phuntsho
11. Abi Yum Yangchen Droelma
1. Sangay Choden
6. Lopen Duba
3. Yum Thuiji Zam
7. Ugay Dem
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