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Bhutan

The youngest crown prince in the world


Royal Office for Media

At only six-years-old, he’s the youngest heir crown prince in the world. The Dragon Prince is the elder son of King Jigme Khesar and Queen Jetsun Pema and is known as Druk Gyalsey Jigme Namgyel (or Dragon Prince Jigme Namgyel) of Bhutan.

The Crown Prince of Bhutan was born on 5 February 2016 in Lingkana Palace in the Bhutanese capital of Thimphu. Following Bhutanese tradition, his name was not announced until a few months after his birth.

Until the name reveal, the Bhutanese Royal Family referred to him simply as The Gyalsey (or The Prince).

He replaced his uncle, Prince Jigyel Ugyen, as heir to the throne upon his birth. Prince Jigyel Ugyen is now third in the line of succession after the birth of the Crown Prince’s younger brother, Prince Ugyen Wangchuck, in March 2020.

King Jigme Khesar and Crown Prince Jigme Namgyel meeting Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi in New Delhi in November 2017. By Prime Minister’s Office (GODL-India), GODL-India, Wikimedia Commons

Although quite young, Jigme Namgyel accompanies his parents on many royal duties inside and outside of Bhutan. He accompanied his parents in 2017 on a trip to India and met the Prime Minister when he was not yet two.

He also met Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko of Japan will they were on an official visit to Bhutan in August 2019. At that time, a photo was released of the young Crown Prince with Prince Hisahito – the third in line to the Japanese throne – who was 13 at the time.

Prince Hisahito and Crown Prince Jigme Namgyel. Royal Office for Media

The Crown Prince is a regular attendant at the National Day festivities in Bhutan and occasionally accompanies his parents on trips around the country.

One day, if he ascends the throne as expected, he will become Bhutan’s 6th Dragon King.

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Brittani is from Tennessee, USA. She is a political scientist and historian after graduating with a degree in the topics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in December 2014. She also holds a master's degree from Northeastern University. She enjoys reading and researching all things regarding the royals of the world. Her love of royals began in middle school, and she's been researching, reading, and writing on royalty for over a decade. She became Europe Editor in October 2016, and then Deputy Editor in January 2019, and has been featured on several podcasts, radio shows, news broadcasts and websites including Global News Canada, ABC News Australia, WION India and BBC World News.