Wangchuk Namgyal

Chogyal Wangchuk Tenzing Namgyal (Sikkimese: དབང་ཕྱུག་བསྟན་འཛིན་རྣམ་རྒྱལ་; Wylie: dbang-phyug bstan-'dzin rnam-rgyal) (born 1 April 1953) is the second son of Palden Thondup Namgyal, the last sovereign king of Sikkim. Educated at Harrow, he is also the present heir of the Namgyal dynasty and claimant to the Sikkim throne.[1]

Wangchuk Tenzing Namgyal
Head of the royal house of Sikkim
Tenure29 January 1982 – present
PredecessorPalden Thondup Namgyal
Born (1953-04-01) 1 April 1953 (age 69)
Gangtok, Kingdom of Sikkim
FatherPalden Thondup Namgyal
MotherSamyo Kushoe Sangideki

On February 19, 1982 he was crowned at the Tsuklakhang Palace, however Government of India did not recognize this coronation.[2] The 3rd Chief Minister of Sikkim B. B. Gurung recognized him as the 13th Chogyal.[3]




  1. ^ Trehan, Madhu. "India has a lot to gain by Sikkimese independence: Wangchuk Namgyal". India Today.
  2. ^ "From monarch to monk: Scion of Sikkim dynasty who became a spiritual recluse". Hindustan Times. 23 April 2017. Retrieved 17 April 2022.
  3. ^ Dhungel, Pankaj (30 March 2022). "BB Gooroong, the CM who recognised Wangchuk Namgyal as 13th Chogyal". EastMojo. Retrieved 17 April 2022.

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Wangchuk Namgyal
Born: 1 April 1953
Titles in pretence
Preceded by — TITULAR —
Chogyal of Sikkim
29 January 1982 – present