King Rama IX (1946-Present)
His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great was born on December 5,
1927 to Prince Mahidol of Songkhla and Mom Sangwan. His Majesty is the
ninth King of the Chakri Dynasty and the longest-reigning monarch in the
history of Thailand.
His Majesty the King is well recognised as the heart and soul of the
Thai nation. He is held in high esteem not only by his own subjects, but
His Majesty also commands enormous respect from people in all parts of the
Everywhere he goes, people turn up to greet him in hundreds of
thousands. The manner in which His Majesty conducts himself, giving his
whole heart and attention to the people, immediately linked the living
symbol of the nation to the people in a bond of mutual understanding and
The main concern of His Majesty is for the uplifting of the general
well-being of the people. Evidence of this can be drawn from His Majesty
the King's ceaseless efforts to visit his subjects in the rural areas. The
aim of His Majesty's visits is to learn at first hand about the needs of
To obtain such information, His Majesty has to travel many thousands
of kilometres throughout the kingdom and, whenever possible, suggests ways
to overcome the difficulties. These visits have led to the establishment
of over 1,000 Royal and Royally-initiated projects. They are implemented
by the relevant agencies of the government after having been given advice
and assistance by His Majesty.
His Majesty is the first member of the Royal Family to be granted a
patent for an invention. The registered patent is for one of His Majesty's
"Chai Pattana Machines"- the Chai Pattana Aerator Model RX 2. The patent
rights call it an "apparatus for water treatment", which is used for
agricultural and industrial purposes and can be seen operating in many
Buddhism is the national religion of Thailand and His Majesty
constantly shows himself to be a convinced and dedicated disciple of the
Lord Buddha. To follow the tradition of young Buddhist men to go into the
monastery for a period of time, His Majesty entered the Buddhist monkhood
at Wat Bovornnives on 22 October 1956. The Constitution of Thailand,
however, does not prescribe the King to be only the Defender of the
Buddhist Faith, but also to be the upholder of all Religions. He gives
equal attention to the protection of all forms of worship and also to the
problems of other religious communities in Thailand.
His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great came to the throne on
June 9, 1946. The meaning of his name is "Strength of the Land,
incomparable Power". Since that date he has reigned over the Kingdom of
Thailand as a constitutional monarch. At the Coronation Ceremony on May 5,
1950, His Majesty the King pronounced the traditional Oath of Accession
which stated: -"We will reign with righteousness for the benefit and
happiness of the Siamese people". His Majesty's actions since then have
thoroughly reflected those words and have always been directed towards
increasing the welfare and prosperity of the Thai nation.
On his birthday, which is observed as a National Holiday, all his
subjects rejoice in demonstrating once more their affection and loyalty to
him. Religious rites are held, houses and buildings are decorated with
flags, lights and his portraits. The whole nation prays to the Holy Triple
Gem and all the sacred things in the universe to bless His Majesty with
good health and happiness and the strength to carry on his onerous task.
married the 18 year-old Mom Rajawongse Sirikit, daughter of His Highness Prince
Chandaburi Suranath (Mom Chao Nakkhatra Mangala Kitiyakara) and Mom Luang Bua
Kitiyakara, on the 28th of April 1950. Their Majesties now have four children,
Her Royal Highness Princess Ubol Ratana, born on 5th April 1951, in Lausanne, Switzerland.
His Royal Highness Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn, born on 28th July 1952, in Bangkok, Thailand.
Her Royal Highness Princess Sirindhorn, born on 2nd April 1955, in Bangkok, Thailand.
Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn, born on4th July 1957, in Bangkok, Thailand.