The King of Thailand who began his reign on June 9, 1946. He served under the dictatorships of Plaek Pibulsonggram, Sarit Dhanarajata, and Prem Tinsulanonda. BEFORE FAME He became the King of Thailand after his brother was killed by a gunshot wound. TRIVIA He reinstated the dominance of Thailand's monarchy. FAMILY LIFE His marriage to Queen Sirikit produced four children: Ubol Ratana, Maha Vajralongkorn, Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, and Chulabhorn Walailak. ASSOCIATED WITH He was born one year after English monarch Queen Elizabeth II.Bhumibol Adulyadej Popularity Bhumibol Adulyadej Popularity # 23202
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Born: 5 December 1927
Birthplace: Cambridge, Massachusetts
Best known as: King of Thailand since 1946
King Bhumibol Adulyadej (also known as Rama IX) has been Thailand's monarch and head of state since 1946. Raised and educated in the United States and Switzerland, he was the youngest child of Prince Mahidol, a direct descendant of King Chulalongkorn (also known as Rama V). A long shot to take over the throne, Bhumibol became king after the unexpected death of his older brother, Ananda Mahidol, who had officially inherited the post in 1935. Bhumibol was only 19 when he succeeded his brother, and his first few years were spent finishing his education abroad. By 1951 he was back in Thailand for good and married to Queen Sirikit. During his long reign he has amassed a personal fortune and risen above topsy-turvy Thai politics to a point of near-absolute authority. Highly revered by the public, he's had a history of only intervening in politics when national stability is threatened. Otherwise he has occupied himself touring the country and working on agricultural and medical reform, while also earning a reputation as a first-class jazz musician (mostly saxophone), as well as painter, photographer and sculptor. King Bhumibol is the world's longest-reigning monarch and, reportedly, one of the richest.
Extra credit: King Bhumibol's brother was found shot to death in his bed, with his own handgun nearby. Officially the death is simply ruled "mysterious." Although there's little that implicates Bhumibol in his brother's death, the matter remains clouded in part because insulting the dignity of the king can lead to criminal prosecution in Thailand. King Bhumibol and Queen Sirikit have three daughters and one son.
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His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej
H is Majesty the King was born on Monday the 5th of December 1927, at Mount Auburn Hospital, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.A. being the third and youngest child of Their Royal Highnesses Prince and Princess Mahidol of Songkla.
His Majesty attended the Ecole Nouvelle de la Suisse Romande, Chailly sur Lausanne. Later on he moved to the Gymnase Classique Cantonal of Lausanne from where he received his Bachelier s lettres diploma. He then chose to enter Lausanne University to study science, but the sudden death of his elder brother, King Ananda Mahidol, in Bangkok on the 9th of June, 1946, changed the course of his life completely, for the Law of Succession bestowed on him the arduous but challenging function of the Thai Crown. The Government on behalf of the people came to ask the Princess Mother for her other son to be their King. As he had not finished his education, His Majesty decided to go back to Switzerland for another period of study, but this time in the subject of Political Science and Law in order to equip himself with the proper knowledge for government.
Following the completion of his education in Switzerland in the early 1950s, His Majesty returned home to Thailand. In the years following, he began what has become his way of life - traveling throughout the year to the provinces and rural areas of the kingdom to visit his people, talk to them and, perhaps even more important, listen to them. He learns first hand of their needs and their problems and then sets about trying to find a way of giving immediate help; later these problems are studied in depth to find a permanent solution or way of assistance.
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Ninth king of the Chakri dynasty and Thailand's longest-ruling monarch.
A grandson of King Chulalongkorn. he succeeded to the throne in 1946 after the death of his older brother, King Ananda Mahidol (r. 1935–46). His role as head of state is largely ceremonial, but he moderates between extreme parties in Thai politics and serves as a focus of national unity.
National celebrations were held in Thailand in June 2006 to mark the 60th anniversary of King Bhumibol Adulyadej's ascension to the throne. The celebrations, dubbed the Diamond Jubilee, lasted five days and culminated on June 12–13, when Bhumibol presided over a magnificent parade of royal barges along the Chao Phraya River and a state banquet held at the Grand Palace in Bangkok. The ninth king of the Chakkri dynasty, Bhumibol—who was also known as Rama IX—was Thailand's longest-reigning monarch. Although given few formal powers in the Thai government, the king was regarded as the moral leader and a living symbol of the nation. Among the Thai people he was particularly admired for funding a decades-long series of development projects aimed at improving the lives of Thailand's rural poor. UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan presented the UN's first Human Development Lifetime Achievement Award to Bhumibol at a ceremony in Bangkok just days before the Diamond Jubilee began.
Bhumibol was born on Dec. 5, 1927, in Cambridge, Mass. At that time his father, Prince Mahidol of Songkhla, was a student at Harvard University. Bhumibol's grandfather was King Chulalongkorn of Siam. His older brother, Ananda Mahidol, became king in 1935, but on June 9, 1946, Ananda was found dead in his bed of a gunshot wound. Bhumibol immediately succeeded to the throne following Ananda's mysterious death (the circumstances of which were never explained). He married a distant cousin, Sirikit Kitiyakara, in April 1950 and was formally crowned the following month.
As monarch, Bhumibol enjoyed immense popularity. He led an active ceremonial life and, despite his limited governmental powers, on several occasions played a crucial role in mediations that either resolved or headed off a political crisis. One of those instances came in 1992 after a military junta had toppled the Thai government and army chief Suchinda Kraprayoon assumed the prime ministership. Mass protests ensued but were violently suppressed. Intervening, Bhumibol summoned Suchinda and opposition leader Chamlong Srimuang to a televised meeting, during which the king called for the violence to end. Suchinda subsequently resigned, and a caretaker government was installed until new elections could be held.
In 2006 Bhumibol faced a new crisis after opposition parties boycotted the April elections called by Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. The Constitutional Court invalidated the results of the elections, and on September 19, before new elections could take place, the Thai military overthrew the government while Thaksin was out of the country. It was widely assumed that Thaksin had fallen out of favour with the king, who was quick to endorse coup leader Gen. Sonthi Boonyaratglin. An interim prime minister, Gen. Surayud Chulanont, was named on October 1, and Bhumibol gave his royal endorsement to Surayad's cabinet.
born Dec. 5, 1927, Cambridge, Mass. U.S.
ninth king of the Chakkri dynasty (1950– ), which has ruled or reigned in Thailand from 1782, Thailand's longest-serving monarch.
He was a grandson of King Chulalongkorn and was born while his father, Prince Mahidol of Songkhla, was studying at Harvard University. His older brother, Ananda Mahidol. became king in 1935, but on June 9, 1946, Ananda was found dead in his bed of a gunshot wound. Bhumibol immediately succeeded to the throne following Ananda's mysterious death (the circumstances of which were never explained). He married a distant cousin, Sirikit Kitiyakara, in April 1950 and was formally crowned on May 5, 1950.
The absolute monarchy was abolished in Thailand during the reign of King Prajadhipok as a result of the revolution of 1932. King Bhumibol, therefore, wielded little real political power, although the constitution named him as head of state and commander of the armed forces. His most important function was to serve as a living symbol of and a focus of unity for the Thai nation.
As monarch, Bhumibol enjoyed immense popularity. He led an active ceremonial life and, despite his limited governmental powers, on several occasions played a crucial role in mediations that either resolved or helped to avoid political crisis. One of those instances came in 1992 after a military junta had toppled the Thai government and army chief Suchinda Kraprayoon assumed the prime ministership. Mass protests ensued but were violently suppressed. Bhumibol intervened, summoning Suchinda and opposition leader Chamlong Srimuang to a televised meeting, during which the king called for the violence to end. Suchinda subsequently resigned, and a caretaker government was installed until new elections could be held.
National celebrations were held in Thailand in June 2006 to mark the 60th anniversary of King Bhumibol Adulyadej's ascension to the throne. Days before the Diamond Jubileee began, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan presented the UN's first Human Development Lifetime Achievement Award to Bhumibol at a ceremony in Bangkok.
In September 2006 Bhumibol faced a new crisis after opposition parties boycotted elections called by the prime minister, Thaksin Shinawatra. The Constitutional Court invalidated the results, and on September 19, before new elections could be held, the Thai military engineered a coup while Thaksin was out of the country. It was widely assumed that Thaksin had fallen out of favour with Bhumibol, who quickly endorsed the coup leader and gave royal assent to an interim prime mininster's cabinet.
Bhumibol's designated heir to the throne was his only son, Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn.
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(po͞o`mēpôl' ädo͝ol`yädĕt'). 1927–, king of Thailand (1946–), b. Cambridge, Mass. A member of the Chakri dynasty, he was at school in Switzerland when his brother, King Ananda Mahidol, died (1946) under mysterious circumstances. Bhumibol ruled with a regent until 1950, when he was formally crowned Rama IX. The longest-ruling monarch in Thailand's history, in 2000 he also became longest-reigning ruler in the world. He has enjoyed great popular support although his power is largely ceremonial. The king has actively promoted development projects and has been generally a stabilizing force in the country's turbulent politics, intervening several times to resolve governmental crises or criticize government leaders. His displeasure with the government of Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra Thaksin Shinawatra
, 1949–, Thai business executive and political leader, b. Chiang Mai. Born into a wealthy merchant family, he went into the Thai police service in 1973 and continued his criminal-justice education in the United States.
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Speaking about the King Bhumibol Adulyadej. the ambassador said, "He is an expert on water management and alternative energy, as well as a practitioner of a sufficiency economy.
The President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has sent a cable of congratulations to His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand on the occasion of his birthday.
BANGKOK (TAP) - Thailand's revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej urged the nation to work together for "stability" in a speech on Thursday on his 86th birthday.
He stated this in his message on the occasion of 86th birthday anniversary of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand.
Suthep Thaugsuban said there would be a pause on Thursday out of respect for the 86th birthday of King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Reuters reported.
Rabat - His Majesty King Mohammed VI sent a congratulation letter to King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand on the occasion of the anniversary of his accession to the throne.
This came as the King, who began an official visit to Thailand, met Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej and discussed with him ways of bolstering outstanding Bahraini-Thai relations of friendship and co-operation in the economic, investment and trade fields, lauding the steady growth of bilateral ties, reported the Gulf Daily News, our sister publication.
The 85-year-old Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej. came out of the hospital where he has been treated since 2009 and came to the place.
ISLAMABAD -- On the occasion of 50th anniversary of state visit of Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit of Thailand to Pakistan Post, a function was arranged at Post Mall Islamabad to commemorate the state visit (1962-2012).
People across Thailand celebrated Monday the 84th birthday of ailing King Bhumibol Adulyadej. who was temporarily discharged from hospital to attend a royal ceremony at the Grand Palace.
Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of the Republic of Indonesia, President Abdullah Gul of the Republic of Turkey, King Juan Carlos of the Kingdom of Spain, King Bhumibol Adulyadej of the Kingdom of Thailand, Queen Beatrix of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, President Giorgio Napolitano of the Italian Republic, President Bronislaw Komorowski of the Republic of Poland, President Jakaya Kikwete of the United Republic of Tanzania, President Dr.
Summary: Thousands have gathered to celebrate the 83rd birthday of Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej. near the Grand Palace in Bangkok.
The King Bhumibol Dam in Northern Thailand’s Tak province is one of many proud landmarks that illustrate his majesty’s diligent devotion to the improvement of the countries agricultural and electrical infrastructures as well as maintaining the integrity and sustainability of the kingdom’s wealth of natural resources and beauty.
His majesty’s works in these areas are major point of national pride, from the royal project farms (you can buy the products in most grocery stores and some convenience stores throughout Thailand; lots of organic fruit juices, medicinal herbs, etc.) to the large water management and irrigation.
But back to the dam. It’s in Tak province, which is in the countries beautiful North-West; not far from Mae Hong Son and Chiang Mai (great mountainous retreat areas, lots of amazing temples), and it is impressive.
It is an important part of the region’s power grid and water resource management, but as a visitor it is set beautifully among the mountains (and is on occasion opened up for bike rides across the top and through the adjoining grounds.
Tak province is home to a good deal more than the King Bhumibol Dam. though. Like its neighbors it has a bounty of gorgeous secluded temples to great to take in on any single visit. These, of course, are made all the more beautiful by the setting; the gorgeous remote mountain forests of the north.
And this is perhaps the greatest attraction to Tak. the King Taksin the Great and Lang Sang national parks and all the dense green around that is the province.
Countless waterfalls that come cascading off the rocky cliffs in torrents of sparkling water, high points with views that reach out across the dense green majesty of Thailand’s northern mountains, and the quiet, soft spoken charm of the northern folk that makes a trip into the high country so enchanting and memorable.
Note: This amazing picture was no. 11 winner of our WOWtastic Thailand photo contest. The picture is taken by Harold Dan .
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The King of Thailand, Bhumibol Adulyadej, has an estimated net worth of $30 billion as of 2011 according to Forbes. He has reigned for 64 years, the longest reigning monarch in Thailand’s history and the longest serving current head of state in the world. Known as Rama IX, he was born on December 5, 1927 in Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He was the younger son of HRH Prince Mahidol Aduljadej and HRH Princess Srinagarindra. He was enrolled by his father in the Public Health program at Harvard University. He briefly attended Mater Dei school in Bangkok but his mother took the family to Switzerland in 1933. He continued his education at the Ecole Nouvelle de la Suisse Romande in Lausanne. He received the baccalauréat des lettres (high-school diploma with major in French literature, Latin, and Greek) from the Gymnase Classique Cantonal of Lausanne. In 1945, he begun studying science at the University of Lausanne, when the family returned to Thailand after the World War II ended.
Bhumidol Adulyadej is credited with a social-economic theory of self-sufficiency. In 2010, Forbes has estimated his personal fortune to be $30 billion. This included the property managed by the Crown Property Bureau which is considered a national property. Since then, he has been consistently listed as number one of “The World’s Richest Royals” by the magazine. He also owns stakes in the publicly listed Siam Cement and Siam Commercial Bank. Recently, he increased his investment in Deves Insurance in order to take it private. While the crown remains technically separate from state, he exerts great influence. The king is thought to have given his implicit blessing during the 2006 coup that overthrew former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra .Earnings & Financial Data
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