H.M. The King Bhumibol Adulyadej, The Great, addressingBeing born on 5th December 1927 and acceded to the throne as King Rama IX on 9th June 1946,
the crowd during the 60 years on the throne celebrations
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
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.
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
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":
- The right to encourage
- The right to warn
- 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.
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
Long Live The King!
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