Bhumibol Adulyadej

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Bhumibol Adulyadej
Rama IX of Thailand
King of Thailand
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Reign9 June 1946 - 13 October 2016 (70 years 126 days)
Coronation6 May 1950
PredecessorAnanda Mahidol
SuccessorVajiralongkorn (Rama X)
Born(1927-12-05)5 December 1927
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Died13 October 2016(2016-10-13) (aged 88)
Bangkok, Thailand
Sirikit (m. 1950)
IssueUbol Ratana
Maha Vajiralongkorn
Maha Chakri Sirindhorn
Chulabhorn Walailak
HouseChakri Dynasty
FatherMahidol Adulyadej
SignatureBhumibol Adulyadej Rama IX of Thailand's signature

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Bhumibol Adulyadej (December 5, 1927 – October 13, 2016), was the King of Thailand from 9 June 1946 until 13 October 2016. Most people in Thailand knew him as "the Great" (Thai: มหาราช, Maharaja). He was also known as Rama IX. He was one of the world's longest-serving heads of state. He was the longest-serving monarch in Thai history.[1]

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

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

After a period of failing health and suffering from kidney failure, Bhumibol died on October 13, 2016 at the Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok, aged 88.[5][6]

References[change | change source]

  1. "A Royal Occasion speeches". Journal. 1996. Archived from the original on 2006-05-12. 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.
  5. "Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej dies, aged 88". The Straits Times. Retrieved 13 October 2016.
  6. "Beloved Thai king dies after long illness: palace". Retrieved 13 October 2016.
Bhumibol Adulyadej
Born: 5 December 1927 Died: 13 October 2016
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Ananda Mahidol
King of Thailand
Succeeded by