Bhumibol Adulyadej

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Bhumibol Adulyadej
Rama IX of Thailand
King of Thailand
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Reign 9 June 1946 – present
Coronation 6 May 1950
Born 5 December 1927 (1927-12-05) (age 88)
Birthplace Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Predecessor Ananda Mahidol
Heir-Apparent Maha Vajiralongkorn
Consort Sirikit
Children Ubol Ratana
Maha Vajiralongkorn
Maha Chakri Sirindhorn
Chulabhorn Walailak
Royal House Chakri Dynasty
Father Mahidol Adulyadej
Mother Srinagarindra

Bhumibol Adulyadej (Thai: ภูมิพลอดุลยเดช; IPA: [pʰuːmipʰon adunjadeːt]; Transcription: Phummiphon Adunyadet; Loudspeaker.png listen (info • help)) (born December 5, 1927), is the current King of Thailand. Most people in Thailand know him as "the Great" (Thai: มหาราช, Maharaja). He is also known as Rama IX. Having been the king since June 9, 1946, he is the world's longest-serving current head of state and the longest-serving monarch in Thai history.[1]

A billionaire, Bhumibol has used some of his money to pay for over 3,000 development projects, mostly in rural areas. He is very popular in Thailand, and is like a semi-divine figure for a number of Thais.[2][3][4]

Bhumibol was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States and was taught in Switzerland. Bhumibol is also a musician, artist, and sailor.

References[change | change source]

  1. "A Royal Occasion speeches". Journal. 1996. Retrieved 2006-07-05.
  2. Montlake, Simon (2006-06-12). "Backstory: The king and Thai". The Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 2008-03-04.
  3. "World in Brief". The Washington Post. 2007-03-30. Retrieved 2008-03-04.
  4. MacKinnon, Ian (2007-04-07). "YouTube ban after videos mock Thai king". The Guardian. Retrieved 2008-03-04.
Preceded by
Ananda Mahidol
King of Thailand
1946 – present
Designated heir:
Maha Vajiralongkorn