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  • Who: Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck

  • What: Youngest reigning monarch of a sovereign nation

  • Where: Bhutan

Born on 21 February 1980, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck became the 5th King of Bhutan on 14 December 2006 and, at 31 years old, he is the youngest monarch of a sovereign nation. The Oxford-educated King presides over one of the world’s most isolated countries, a tiny realm in the Himalaya Mountains where progress is measured in terms of “Gross Domestic Happiness”.


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