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Unlike his four wives, all of whom are sisters, who use fortress-like palace, the king maintains a simple lifestyle.
PTI | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON FEB 01, 2006 08:22 PM IST

Head of state: King Jigme Singye Wangchuk

Jigme Singye Wangchuk came to the throne in 1972 at the age of just 17, assuming the title of "Druk Gyalpo" or Dragon King. Keen to preserve Bhutan's unique culture, the king has continued the policy of limited modernisation adopted by his father.

Partly educated in the UK, and having travelled abroad, he gave up some of the monarch's absolute powers in 1998 and now rules in conjunction with the government, an assembly and a royal advisory council.

Unlike his four wives, all of whom are sisters, who use fortress-like palace, the king maintains a simple lifestyle.

Kings
Jigme Wangchuk         21 Aug 1926 - 24 Mar 1952 (+)
Jigme Dorji Wangchuk   24 Mar 1952 - 21 Jul 1972 (+)
Jigme Singye Wangchuk  21 Jul l972 -                


Prime Ministers
Jigme Palden Dorji            1952 -  5 Apr 1964 (+)
Lhendup Dorji             Jul 1964 - 27 Nov 1964     (acting)
Lyonpo Jigme Thinley   20 Jul 1998 -  9 Jul 1999
Lyonpo Sangay Ngedup    9 Jul 1999 - 20 Jul 2000 
Lyonpo Yeshey Zimba    20 Jul 2000 -  8 Aug 2001    
Lyonpo Khandu Wangchuk  8 Aug 2001 - 14 Aug 2002              
Lyonpo Kinzang Dorji   14 Aug 2002 - 30 Aug 2003      
Lyonpo Jigme Thinley   30 Aug 2003 - 20 Aug 2004
Lyonpo Yeshey Zimba    20 Aug 2004 -

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