Her Majesty Gyalyum Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck
Queen Mother of Bhutan
Her Majesty Gyalyum Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck is the eldest Queen of His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck, the Fourth King of Bhutan.
Her Majesty has initiated numerous programmes to improve the quality of life of the Bhutanese people especially in the rural areas through the creation of the Tarayana Foundation. The Foundation seeks to help those experiencing financial difficulties through housing schemes, scholarships, training, production, and marketing of rural products and financial support. Her Majesty has delivered numerous keynote addresses both at home and overseas on issues relating to poverty reduction, environment preservation, and social transformation of women.
As Chief Patron of Drukyul’s Literature Festival: Bhutan Echoes, Her Majesty invites renowned authors, accomplished poets, thought leaders, and changemakers to celebrate literature, art, stories, and ideas in Bhutan. Her Majesty is also the Founder and Patron of the Folk Heritage Museum in the capital, Thimphu. The museum showcases traditional folk knowledge, crafts and way of life and has become a popular site for local and foreign visitors.