Rama IX (1946 - present)
King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great
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Thailand's current reigning monarch is King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great. As the longest reigning Thai monarch and the world's longest serving head of state, His Majesty is much loved by his people and universally admired.
Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (USA) and educated in Switzerland, King Bhumibol ascended to the throne following the tragic death of his elder brother, King Ananda Mahidol, on June 9 1946; His Majesty was aged 18 at the time of his brother's death.
During the coronation ceremony, King Bhumibol took the Oath of Accession stating: “We shall reign with righteousness, for the benefit and happiness of the Siamese people.” Throughout his reign, His Majesty has honored his pledge, selflessly devoting his time and efforts to the well-being and welfare of the Thai people.
Reportedly the richest monarch in the world, His Majesty has done much to support the social and economic development of the nation. The King's Royal Development Projects have benefited millions of people across Thailand.
His Majesty has been internationally recognized for the work and support he has given to the Thai people. In 2006, on the 60th anniversary of his reign, His Majesty was presented with the first United Nations' Human Development Lifetime Achievement Award.
The King is an accomplished painter, musician, photographer, author and translator. He is also a particularly talented jazz musician, who is noted for his compositions for the alto-saxophone. His Majesty has played with such jazz legends as Benny Goodman, Jack Teagarden, Lionel Hampton and Maynard Ferguson, and he was the first ever composer from Asia to be awarded honorary membership of the Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in Vienna.
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Article written by Christine Oatley.
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