The chairman of the Council of Rajabhat University Presidents of Thailand said that Vajiralongkorn has presided over commencement ceremonies at all Rajabhat Universities nationwide and personally handed out degrees to all Rajabhat university graduates every year since 1978. German authorities, representing the corporation's interests in bankruptcy, stated the measure was a "last resort" in seeking repayment. He shares his love of the sport with his father. They had one daughter, Princess Bajrakitiyabha, born in 1978. [54], In 2002, The Economist wrote that "Vajiralongkorn is held in much less esteem (than the then-king Bhumibol). The offending passage alluded to rumours that "if the prince fell in love with one of his minor wives and she betrayed him, she and her family would disappear with their name, familial lineage and all vestiges of their existence expunged forever". [4], He accepted the throne on the night of 1 December 2016. พระบาทสมเด็จพระปรมินทรมหาภูมิพลอดุลยเดช มหิตลาธิเบศรรามาธิบดี จักรีนฤบดินทร สยามินทราธิราช บรมนาถบพิตร, พระบาทสมเด็จพระปรมินทรมหาภูมิพลอดุลยเดช บรมนาถบพิตร, พระบาทสมเด็จพระบรมชนกาธิเบศร มหาภูมิพลอดุลยเดชมหาราช บรมนาถบพิตร, For an in-depth exploration of this theory, see. [83], On 28 July 2019, Vajiralongkorn bestowed the title of "Chao Khun Phra", or Royal Noble Consort, to Major General Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi (formerly Niramon Ounprom); the occasion marked the first official naming of a secondary consort for nearly a century. ", "Thai king's death: Who holds power now? "Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej dead at 88", "Coronation of HM King Maha Vajiralongkorn to be held 4–6 May: palace", "Senate steers clear of motion on Jaruvan", "Campaigners condemn paedophile's release", "The Burning of the Thai Embassy in Cambodia", "Sufficiency Economy: Implications and Applications", "The Royally-initiated Projects: The Making of Royal Hegemony (B.E. Bhumibol Adulyadej, also called Phumiphon Adunlayadet or Rama IX, (born December 5, 1927, Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.—died October 13, 2016, Bangkok, Thailand), ninth king of the Chakkri dynasty (1950–2016), which has ruled or reigned in Thailand from 1782, and Thailand’s longest-serving monarch. Biography of King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand Chumsak Kanoknan / Stringer / Getty Images Bhumibol Adulyadej (December 5, 1927–October 13, 2016) was the king of Thailand for 70 years. [5] The Thai government retroactively declared his reign to have begun on 13 October 2016, upon his father's death. In 1972, at the age of 20, he was made crown prince by his father. He had taken up his duties while serving in the Royal Thai Armed Forces, including frequent provincial tours and representing King Bhumibol at a wide variety of official functions and ceremonies before he ascended the throne. Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn succeeds his father Bhumibol Adulyadej as King of Thailand. Maha Vajiralongkorn was officially crowned King of Thailand in May, 2019 Credit: Reuters 10 Vajiralongkorn has had four wives throughout his life Credit: CHALINEE THIRASUPA "[26][27] The government retroactively declared his reign to have begun upon his father's death, but it would not crown him formally until after the cremation of his father. [22] According to the German foreign ministry, the Thai ambassador has been told multiple times that Germany opposes "having guests in our country who run their state affairs from here." In the 10 January 2002 edition of the Far Eastern Economic Review (FEER), an article appeared suggesting that Vajiralongkorn had business ties with then-Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. [citation needed] Vajiralongkorn trained for periods with the US, British, and Australian armed services, studying unconventional warfare and advanced navigation. [26] The remains was then cremated on 26 October 2017. Explore … Besides, every year, he donates 42 million baht to a scholarship fund benefiting Rajabhat students. She was not able to refute the charges due to the prohibition against lèse majesté. [1][a] He is the only son of King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit. When the crown prince was one year old, Somdet Phra Sangkharat Chao Kromma Luang Vajirananavongs, the 13th Supreme Patriarch of Thailand of the Rattanakosin Era, gave the child his first name at birth,[11] "Vajiralongkorn Borommachakkrayadisonsantatiwong Thewetthamrongsuboriban Aphikhunuprakanmahittaladunladet Phumiphonnaretwarangkun Kittisirisombunsawangkhawat Borommakhattiyaratchakuman" (Thai: วชิราลงกรณ บรมจักรยาดิศรสันตติวงศ เทเวศรธำรงสุบริบาล อภิคุณูประการมหิตลาดุลเดช ภูมิพลนเรศวรางกูร กิตติสิริสมบูรณ์สวางควัฒน์ บรมขัตติยราชกุมาร). [citation needed], On 6 November 1978, the prince was ordained as a monk at Wat Phra Sri Rattana Satsadaram (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), at age 26. [85] On 2 September 2020, Sineenat's titles were restored with a declaration that she "is not tarnished" and "Henceforth, it will be as if she had never been stripped of her military ranks or royal decorations". In the court proceedings, Vajiralongkorn accused Princess Soamsawali of being completely at fault for the failed relationship. [23] He has also received visits from Thai officials and dignitaries in Germany. [72], In November 2016, Manager Magazin published a report stating that the new king could be issued with an inheritance tax bill in excess of €3.5 billion. 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The King of Thailand, King Maha Vajiralongkorn, has called Bavaria his part-time home for a number of years. [citation needed] Later that year, he interrupted his military career to be ordained for a season as a Buddhist monk, as is customary for all Thai Buddhist men. For the first time in nearly 100 years, Vajiralongkorn was given the reigning title of Phrabat Somdet Phra Vajira Klao Chao Yu Hua. Thais wear auspicious pink to help hospitalized king recover. The card features a photo that was released of King … Violations carry large fines and prison sentences of up to 35 years. It is extremely rare for a King to be bestowed with a distinction of "Maharaja" (The Great). These hospitals had become major community hospitals providing services of international standards to the general public in 2011. The last time such title was given during the reign of King Prajadhipok (Rama VII) who was given the reigning title of Phrabat Somdet Phra Pok Klao Chao Yu Hua during his coronation in 1926. Stunning drone light show celebrates Thai King's coronation. Thailand's King officially reinstates his mistress as royal consort after releasing her from jail to rejoin his harem. There has been rising criticism of the King’s failure to return to Thailand in the online community. [29], In February 2019, in a move called "unprecedented", the King's elder sister, Ubol Ratana, announced her candidacy for the Thai prime ministership in the 2019 general election, running as a candidate of the Thaksin-allied Thai Raksa Chart Party. It is estimated that over the past 35 years, at least 2,100,000 degrees have been handed out by the crown prince to Rajabhat graduates. Royal Medical Team. The current concept of Thai kingship evolved through 800 years of absolute rule. Constable and Robinson. He learned horseback riding when he was about 11 years old and soon became a capable rider. [13], In 1972, the prince enrolled at the Royal Military College, Duntroon in Canberra, Australia. [20] He has special ties to the Rajabhat University system of 40 institutions of higher learning. The Thai government, which had not responded to German demands, called the move "highly inappropriate". [31], Vajiralongkorn's three-day coronation ceremonies took place on 4–6 May 2019. The hashtag #Whydoweneedaking was trending for a … With this project, farmers have been urged to be aware of agricultural development and new technology. He also offers suggestions on tackling agricultural problems and applying agricultural technology to increase productivity and improvement in the quality of agricultural production. [17] The event occurred one day after the 80th birthday of his father. Asia. Until 5 May 2019, King Rama I and King Rama V was the only Chakri Dynasty monarchs to be given such distinctions. Thongthong Chandrangsu, A Constitutional Legal Aspect of the King's Prerogatives (M.A. His father was enrolled in the public health program at Harvard University, which is why Bhumibol was the only monarch to be born in the US. King of Thailand. When his son, King Maha Vajiralongkorn ascended the throne on 1 December 2016, King Bhumibol was referred as Phra Bat Somdet Phra Poraminthra Maha Bhumibol Adulyadej Borommanatbophit (Thai: พระบาทสมเด็จพระปรมินทรมหาภูมิพลอดุลยเดช บรมนาถบพิตร), The literal translation of the title was as follows:[22]. World. His education at Duntroon was divided into two parts, military training by the Australian Army and a bachelor's degree course under the auspices of the University of New South Wales. This page was last edited on 24 January 2021, at 07:53. On 1 December 2016, Vajiralongkorn accepted the formal invitation to become king. After his father's death on 13 October 2016, he was expected to ascend to the throne of Thailand but asked for time to mourn before taking the throne. A fine footballer, Vajiralongkorn first played as a forward and later became a center-back at Chitralada School, Millfield School in England, and the Royal Military College, Duntroon, in Australia. Crown Prince Hospitals had been set up in 21 locations in 1977. Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters According to The Guardian , Maha Vajiralongkorn directly addressed the rumors in a meeting with journalists in 1992, saying: "Do I look like a mafia boss type? HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand, Chaturong Pramkaew (Ed.). Thailand's longtime king, a figure of unity and stability, gravely ill. Worries Over King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s Health Shake Thailand. The King of Thailand held an odd ceremony Sunday where he named one of his top generals and longtime girlfriend as his official mistress, a role that … He served as a staff officer in the Directorate of Army Intelligence and attended the Command and General Staff College in 1977. Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn weds bodyguard in surprise ceremony. [citation needed], Vajiralongkorn began his education in 1956 when he entered kindergarten at the Chitralada School in Dusit Palace. An immediate ban was placed on distribution of the magazine, and the Thai government, citing a threat to national security, suspended the visas of FEER's two Thailand correspondents, Shawn Crispin and Rodney Tasker. Bangkok gossips like to swap tales of his lurid personal life… Besides, no successor, however worthy, can hope to equal the stature King Bhumibol has attained after 64 years on the throne." [58], On 12 November 2009, a home video was released to WikiLeaks, showing Vajiralongkorn casually dressed and Princess Srirasmi Suwadee wearing only a G-string, all the while being attended to by several formally dressed servants, celebrating the birthday of the prince's poodle, Air Chief Marshal Fufu. [19], Vajiralongkorn has initiated education projects to improve children's access to quality learning and instill the concept of lifelong learning. The remaining seven members are Surayud Chulanont, Kasem Wattanachai, Palakorn Suwanrath, Atthaniti Disatha-amnarj, Supachai Poo-ngam, Chanchai Likhitjitta and Chalit Pukbhasuk, with three new members, Paiboon Koomchaya, Dapong Ratanasuwan, and Teerachai Nakwanich. [4] On the night of 1 December 2016, the fiftieth day after the death of Bhumibol, Regent Prem Tinsulanonda led the heads of the country's three branches of government to an audience with Vajiralongkorn to invite him to ascend to the throne as the tenth king of the Chakri dynasty. According to the 2007 Constitution, the cabinet instructed the president of the National Assembly to invite Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn to the throne. Phikun Thong Royal Development Study Centre. The project provides prompt services to farmers to enhance efficiency in farm production and solve farmers' problems. The divorce was finalized in July 1993. The King of Thailand, Maha Vajiralongkorn, known for his furious rages, allegedly broke his sisters ankles after she was knocked to the floor by one of his dogs. [9], Vajiralongkorn was born on 28 July 1952 at 17:45[10] in the Amphorn Sathan Residential Hall of the Dusit Palace in Bangkok. Bhumibol's private physicians accompanying him on village tours were encouraged to provide medical care for local residents. [64][65] Nicolaides was later pardoned by the king. [3], Vajiralongkorn holds the ranks of Field Marshal (Chom Phon) in the Royal Thai Army, Admiral of the Fleet (Chom Phon Ruea) in the Royal Thai Navy, and Marshal of the Royal Thai Air Force (Chom Phon Akat) in the Royal Thai Air Force. On 5 May 2019, Vajiralongkorn bestowed on his father the title Phra Bat Somdet Phra Boromchanakathibet Maha Bhumibol Adulyadej Maharaj Borommanatbophit (Thai: พระบาทสมเด็จพระบรมชนกาธิเบศร มหาภูมิพลอดุลยเดชมหาราช บรมนาถบพิตร). [22] The King requested and received changes to the constitution to end the requirement that he appoint a regent when he is away from Thailand. [43] Thailand's election commission then disqualified her from running for prime minister, formally putting an end to her candidacy. 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