Vajiralongkorn

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Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun
สมเด็จพระเจ้าอยู่หัวมหาวชิราลงกรณ บดินทรเทพยวรางกูร
King Rama X
Vajiralongkorn April 2019.jpg
King of Thailand
Reign13 October 2016 – present
Coronation4 May 2019
PredecessorBhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX)
Heir presumptiveDipangkorn Rasmijoti
Prime MinisterPrayut Chan-o-cha
Born (1952-07-28) 28 July 1952 (age 67)
Dusit Palace, Dusit, Bangkok, Thailand
Spouse
Soamsawali Kitiyakara
(m. 1977; div. 1991)

Yuvadhida Polpraserth
(m. 1994; div. 1996)
[1]
Srirasmi Suwadee
(m. 2001; div. 2014)
[2]
Suthida (m. 2019)
IssuePrincess Bajrakitiyabha
Prince Juthavachara Mahidol
Prince Vacharaesorn Mahidol
Prince Chakriwat Mahidol
Prince Vatchrawee Mahidol
Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana
Prince Dipangkorn Rasmijoti
Full name
Vajiralongkorn Mahidol
FatherBhumibol Adulyadej
MotherSirikit
ReligionBuddhism
Vajiralongkorn
Thai name
Thaiวชิราลงกรณ
RTGSWachiralongkon

Maha Vajiralongkorn (born 28 July 1952)[3] is the King of Thailand since October 13, 2016. He is the only son of former King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit. In 1972, the king gave him the title "Somdech Phra Borom Oras Adhiraj Chao Fah Maha Vajiralongkorn Sayam Makutrajakuman" and the title made him the Crown Prince and heir apparent to the throne. Vajiralongkorn was also a marshal in the Thai military.

After his father's death on 13 October 2016, he succeeded to the throne of Thailand, with a delay, saying he needed "time to prepare before being proclaimed as the new king".[4] [5] He accepted the throne on December 1, 2016. The coronation was in May 2019.

Personal life[change | change source]

Vajiralongkorn has been married and divorced three times.[2] He has three daughters and five sons. His four eldest sons were born before he married their mother. They are not able to succeed as king, because their titles have been removed.

On 1 May 2019, three days before his coronation, Vajiralongkorn married Suthida Tidjai, former acting commander of Royal Thai Aide-de-Camp Department.[6]

Titles and styles[change | change source]

  • 28 July 195228 December 1972: His Royal Highness Prince Vajiralongkorn
  • 28 December 1972 – 13 October 2016: Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn
  • 13 October 2016 - present: King Vajiralongkorn
The Coronation of King Rama X B.E. 2562 (A.D. 2019)

References[change | change source]

  1. Harriet Alexander (13 December 2014). "Thailand's future uncertain as princess loses royal status". Telegraph. Retrieved 6 April 2015.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Thailand crown prince strips wife's family of royal name". BBC News. 29 November 2014. Retrieved 2 December 2014. It comes after seven of her close relatives were arrested in a purge of officials allegedly involved in corruption.
  3. "Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn". GlobalSecurity.org.
  4. AFP (2016-10-13). "Thai Prime Minister Prayuth says Crown Prince seeks delay in proclaiming him King". Coconut.co. Bangkok: Coconuts BKK. Retrieved 2016-10-14.
  5. "Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej dead at 88". BBC News. 13 October 2016. Retrieved 13 October 2016.
  6. ประกาศ เรื่อง สถาปนาสมเด็จพระราชินี (PDF). Ratchakitcha. Royal Thai Government. Retrieved 1 May 2019.
Preceded by
Bhumibol Adulyadej
King of Thailand
2016–present
Incumbent
Heir:
TBD