Bhumibol Adulyadej

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Bhumibol Adulyadej
Rama IX of Thailand
King of Thailand
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Reign 9 June 1946 - 13 October 2016 (70 years 126 days)
Coronation 6 May 1950
Predecessor Ananda Mahidon
Successor Vajiralongkorn (Rama X)
Born (1927-12-05)5 December 1927
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Died 13 October 2016(2016-10-13) (aged 88)
Bangkok, Thailand
Spouse
Sirikit (m. 1950)
Issue Ubol Ratana
Maha Vajiralongkorn
Maha Chakri Sirindhorn
Chulabhorn Walailak
House Chakri Dynasty
Father Mahidol Adulyadej
Mother Srinagarindra

Bhumibol Adulyadej (December 5, 1927 – October 13, 2016), was 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". Worldhop.com 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.
  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
1946–2016
Succeeded by
Vajiralongkorn