Rabu, 18 Mei 2011


H.M. The King Bhumibol Adulyadej, The Great, addressing
the crowd during the 60 years on the throne celebrations
HM The King Bhumibol Adulyadej

Being born on 5th December 1927 and acceded to the throne as King Rama IX on 9th June 1946,
the King of Thailand is the world's longest-reigning monarch and the longest-serving Head of State.

From Sukhothai to Ayutthaya through Thonburi to Bangkok

From 8th till 13th June 2006 Thailand celebrated the 60th anniversary of His Majesty the King's accession to the throne. The celebrations incorporated series of events marking Bhumibol's reign. Events included the royal barge procession on the Chao Phraya River, fireworks displays, art exhibitions, pardoning 25,000 prisoners, concerts and dance performances. Royal visitors took part in a state banquet that was held in the newly constructed Rama IX Throne Hall at the Grand Palace, the first official function for the hall. The Chiang Mai Royal Flora Expo was also held to honour the anniversary.

People all over the country have been wearing yellow shirts with the royal emblem in celebration of this very special event. Kings and queens, monarchs and sultans, princes and princesses, royal ancestries, royalties and dignitaries from 25 countries around the world gathered in the Thailand capital Bangkok to mark King Bhumibol Adulyadej 60 years on the throne and pay their respects.
Highly revered as a semi-divine figure and immensely popular among Thai people, HM the King Bhumibol, 78, the world's longest-reigning monarch, addressed a cheering crowd of hundreds of thousands of people in Bangkok. Speaking from the balcony of Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall, the king said that unity would bring prosperity to Thailand. "Unity is a basis for all Thais to help preserve and bring prosperity to the country in the long run," the king told the crowd of hundreds of thousands of people stretched over several kilometers long from Bangkok's Royal Plaza.

Thailand crowd
Colourful anniversary celebrations in Bangkok

Tied in with the 60th anniversary, in May 2006, Kofi Annan UN Secretary-General
at the time presented Bhumibol Adulyadej with the United Nations Development Programme's first and only Human Development Lifetime Achievement Aw

Biography of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej

Being the third and youngest child of TRH Prince and Princess Mahidol of Songkhla, Bhumibol was born on 5 December 1927 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in the United States, and has been educated primarily in Switzerland. Amongst a variety of interests and involvements, he is also an accomplished musician, a spirited artist, and an energetic sailor, as well as an enthusiastic photographer – lifetime's passion now.

Following the death of his older brother King Ananda Mahidol or Rama VIII (which resulted from a gunshot to the head, under circumstances that to this day remain a mystery), Bhumibol (18 years of age) ascended to the throne on 9 June 1946, when Harry Truman was in the White House and Josef Stalin ruled the former Soviet Union. His Coronation was delayed in order to allow King Bhumibol to return to Switzerland and complete his education. To be prepared for his new position, Bhumibol switched over his field of study to the Law and Political Science.

Following the completion of his education in Switzerland, Bhumibol returned to Thailand, and on 5 May 1950 (Coronation Day) he was crowned as King of Thailand Rama IX at the Royal Palace in Bangkok. One week prior to his Coronation, on 28 April 1950 King Bhumibol married to Mom Rajawongse Sirikit Kittiyakara. The royal couple (King Bhumibol and his wife Queen Sirikit) have four children:
  • (Formerly HRH) Princess Ubol Ratana, born 5 April 1951 in Lausanne Switzerland
  • HRH Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, born 28 July 1952 in Bangkok Thailand
  • HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, born 2 April 1955 in Bangkok Thailand
  • HRH Princess Chulabhorn Walailak, born 4 July 1957 in Bangkok Thailand.
    As a Constitutional Monarch King Bhumibol has only three direct "rights":
  1. The right to encourage
  2. The right to warn
  3. The right to be consulted.Within these prerogatives, HM The King has guided his people to a better understanding of each other and led the nation to a more wholesome future for all.
Most of the King’s powers are exercised by his elected government in accordance with the constitution of the day. The King still retains numerous powers such as: being head of the Royal Thai Armed Forces, the prerogative of royal assent and the power of pardon. The King and his family are protected by Lèse majesté laws. The King is assisted in his work and duties by the Private Secretary to the King of Thailand and the Privy Council of Thailand. His household finances are handled by the Bureau of the Royal Household and the Crown Property Bureau.

The symbol of national identity and unity, King Bhumibol has reigned holding very few defined powers of his own through 17 military coups, 20 different prime ministers, and 15 constitutions. But it has been his timely interventions at the moments of crisis that have earned him the gratitude of Thai public – most recently when he ended the stand-off over a disputed general election in April 2006. The king commands enormous popular respect and moral authority, which he has used on occasion to attemp to resolve political crises that have threatened national stability. In both 1973 and 1992, his involvement ended the bloodshed during popular protests against military leaders.

The present Thai Monarch His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand

The King at 2006

Long Live The King!

The King of Thailand

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